2010 Bodegas Teso La Monja "Almirez" Toro Spain

SKU #1122532 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even richer is the 2010 Almirez, which comes from a vineyard planted at an altitude of 2,300 feet. Yields were 18 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine was aged 12 months in mostly French oak (30% new). This fabulous, inky/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of violets, graphite, licorice, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and rich with silky tannins as well as abundant minerality, this super-rich, full-throttle 2010 can be enjoyed over the next decade. These are two extraordinary wines produced by the Eguren family in the province of Zamora in Toro. Readers who love full-flavored, robust, exuberant red wines will adore these two 2010s.  (10/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (malo in small French barrels, followed by 12 months in French oak, a third of it new): Vivid purple. Explosively perfumed dark berry preserve, Asian spice and potpourri aromas, with cola and soy accents building with air. Sappy, smooth and appealingly sweet, offering spicy blackberry and cherry flavors with nuances of candied violet and cracked pepper. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering floral and spice notes.  (9/ 2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 With its inky black color and intense, dense aromas of black fruits, leather, spice and herbs, Almirez is a poster child for Toro. The palate is firm but offers cushion, while flavors of toast, wood, roasted berry, cassis and licorice finish long, wild and leathery. Drink through 2019.  (12/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Generous yet focused, this modern red delivers black cherry, currant, licorice and mineral flavors, framed by toast and coffee notes. Offers a sleek, firm texture and a long, floral finish. Drink now through 2018.  (2/ 2013)

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Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.