Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: **** $$$ Bodega Teso la Monja Almirez Toro, Spain, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Reds from the Toro region of Spain tap the Tinta de Toro grape as their base.  The prior Toro we sampled, from Numanthia - called Termes, received a whopping four stars.

Original tasting and review : This is Bodega Teso la Monja Almirez Toro, Spain, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from an eighth of an inch from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fat, sturdy plum with some sandy oak support.  From the aroma, seems like this will be teeth-staining but dry.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact dark with sandy plum fruit, with hint of sweetness and black raspberry backing up the solid tannin and the deep, sleek black mineral base.  Acidity lifts the dark juice into your cheeks for a long finish, pinching out successive waves of red and purple fruit.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale for the explosive power coming from its fruit, tannins and acids.  Punches much harder than its admittedly-not-timid 14.5% alcohol would suggest.

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