Blockbuster Spanish Reds 2 Pack
This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of 2008 - San Roman Toro, and 1 bottle of 2007 - Gran Elias Mora Toro.
2008 - San Roman Toro:
"One of Spain's great full-force, modern-style wines, this excels despite the marginal 2008 vintage. It's open-knit and soft on the nose, with ladels of spice, graphite, and black fruit aromas. It feels fresh, balanced, and not overly tannic, with strapping blackberry, coffee, chocolate, spice, and tobacco flavors all rolled into a fabulous whole. Licorice, espresso, and amaro notes grace the padded finish. Drink now - 2018. -M.S." (12/12) - 95 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"Deep ruby. Intense, oak-spiced aromas of cherry-vanilla, blueberry, pipe tobacco and mocha. Suave, palate-coating dark fruit flavors show very good concentration, especially for this difficult vintage, and pick up smokiness and floral nuances with aeration. Finishes silky and long, with lasting notes of candied violet and anise." (09/12) - 92 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"This red marries depth and balance, offering rich plum and blackberry fruit accented with espresso and toast. The tannins are full but well-integrated, the acidity gentle. Seamless, in the modern style. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made. -TM" (09/12) - 91 Pts Wine Spectator
"Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos owns 55 hectares in the villages of Villaester and San Roman de Hornija, planted mainly with Tinta de Toro, which come from the same family as Tempranillo, but adapted to Toro over centuries. This adaptation has lead to smaller berries which in turn lead to deeper color and more intense aroma and structure than typical of Tempranillo from other regions. It is possible to separate two different soil areas, in Villaester the soil has sand and clay with some gravels, while in San Roman the soil is more stony."
"Grapes mature sooner in San Roman than Villaester. The vines range in age up to 70 years old and are pruned to grow as bushes rather than on vertical trellises. On the vines the grapes hang low under a rounded canopy of leaves that protects them from scorching summer temperatures. This type of pruning concentrates the flavor of the grapes as it naturally limits the yield of grapes for each vine." -Winery
2007 - Gran Elias Mora Toro:
"The 2007 Gran Elias Mora was sourced from 70+-year-old vines and aged for 12 months in new French oak after which selected barrels were aged for an additional 5 months. It is a glass-coating purple/black color with aromas of graphite, Asian spices, lavender, espresso, blueberry, and blackberry. Layerd, already complex, and structured on the palate, it merits 5 years of cellaring and will be at its best from 2015 to 2027." (04/10) - 92+ Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Bright purple. Heady, exotic bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, potpourri and sandalwood. Fleshy, alluringly sweet cherry pie and dark berry flavors gain sweetness with air, picking up musky licorice and rose pastille nuances. For a rich wine this is shockingly fresh. Finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-driven persistence. Already offers plenty of complexity now but this wine should reward patience." (10/10) - 92 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"The grapes come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. The vines are a Tempranillo clone that yields small berries and is planted on small slopes with rocky soil."
"Harvested at the end of September. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks for 22 days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in second-fill American and French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling. The wine was bottled without filtration or stabilization." -Importer
"This Bodega, situated in the famous village of San Roman de Hornija, was started by the two Victorias; Victoria Benavides and Victoria Pariente. The vision for the project included production of both white wines from Rueda and red wines from Toro. Recently, the Victorias have separated their winemaking facilities, with the Bodega in Toro renamed Bodegas Elias Mora, to better concentrate on production of each type of wine to its highest possible quality."
"The winery owns 8 Ha. (17.6 acres) of vineyards, including the 'Los Pajaros vineyard' and 'La Veleta' as well as a few small plots owned by farmers, also planted in San Roman de la Hornija. The vines are planted at 2,600 feet above sea level. The soil comprises clay and limestone with big stones on the surface."
"The winery is named after Elias Mora, the man who owned some of the core vineyards for the production of the Victoria's red wine. A few years ago, he sold his vineyard to Dos Victorias on the condition that he tend the vineyard until his death."-Importer