(2009 Vintage) Dark purple color. On the nose aromas of toast, mineral, spicy and black cherries. On the palate, lots of fruit, figs, dark Schockolade, spice palette, beautifully integrated tannins and ripe. A very complex wine with a long, full finish.
Rated 96 RP Costco 793382 Wine Advocate writes: "Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos is one of the leading lights of Toro. Founded in 1997 by former Vega Sicilia winemaker Mariano Garcia Fernandez, they own 60 hectares of vineyard in San Roman de Villaester and Hornija, mainly planted with Tinta de Toro and Garnacha, the average age of vines around 35 years interpolated with vines on un-grafted rootstock. The oak aging here is very prudent, with around 20% renewed each year, both French and American. The present winemaker is Mariano’s son Eduardo Garcia Montana, who trained in Bordeaux and Burgundy among other regions. These exceptional wines were suffused with personality, purity, a life-affirming sense of 'controlled opulence'that, to be frank, put many a more expensive Toro wine in its shade. What is more, a bottle of 2001 San Roman testified to a Toro that truly does age with style and panache." (04/2013) Staff Reviews click to collapse contents 7/4/2013 By: Joe Manekin K&L Staff Member San Roman is made by Eduardo Garcia, son of former Vega Sicilia winemaking legend Mariano Garcia. One of Vega Sicilia's hallmarks is the elegance of fruit and deft use of elevage, or oak ageing, to create one of the world's great wines. Clearly, Eduardo picked up some secrets from his old man, as San Roman is one of the most beautiful, aromatic, bright and age-worthy of Spain's fuller bodied Toro wines. In fact, it is more complex, balanced and elegant than most of the wines in the nearby, more highly regarded Ribera del Duero. This is incredible wine that not only impresses those who love rich, full bodied blockbusters, but also those who usually do not think much of these. I'd be hard pressed to think of a better $50 wine, with as broad a range of appeal, as the Maurodos San Roman.
very full bodied but still light at the finish
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/02
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 159 on Jun-05
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) "Plush, polished and alluring, this modern red offers ripe, sweet blackberry and cassis flavors supported by plenty of toasty oak and grounded by a firm minerality. Not muscle-bound, but structured and balanced, with a long floral finish. Drink now through 2015. 6,100 cases made."
Wine Advocate(2009 Vintage) The purple-colored 2009 Prima is made up of 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Garnacha aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak prior to bottling without filtration. Earthy minerals, espresso, truffle, licorice, and blackberry aromas lead to a ripe, dense, sweetly-fruited, layered wine lacking only complexity. Give it 1-2 years to fill out and drink it through 2021.
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04