2010 Teso La Monja "Romanico" Toro (Previously $15)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% tempranillo, raised in 100% new French oak and then aged for six months in more new oak): Saturated ruby. Vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with strong oak-spiciness and a kiss of smoky mocha. Rich but vibrant, offering intense red berry flavors and a floral quality on the clinging finish.
Teso la Monja picked a good vintage to introduce this entry-level Toro. Romanico is big and candied on the nose, with floral berry aromas, milk chocolate and a touch of raisin. On the palate, spunky berry fruit flavors blend with juniper notes, while the finish delivers herbal leftovers, a pinch more juniper and commendable length and smoothness.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Romanico was affected by frost in spring and rainfall in July, so that in some parcels they had to harvest three times in the plot. It has more aromatic 'volume' than the 2011, with dark cherry, wild strawberry and cold stone. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, lightly peppered black fruit, hints of black olive, and fine, quite tense structure toward the finish. Drink now-2018.
Toast and chocolate flavors frame ripe plum and dried cherry fruit in this rich, soft red. Displays a thick texture, with well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Leans toward sweetness, but offers plenty of fruit. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)