Bodegas y Vinedos San Roman Toro 2019
"Simply put, this is one of the great wines of the world." —
Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog
The 2019 rendition of this (consistently outstanding) wine is certainly up to past vintages, and may very well surpass the 2018, which was more open and less oaky when I tasted it in late October of 2021. I hasten to note that the fruit density of this 2019 is clearly up to the challenge of absorbing its oak load and attaining excellent equilibrium for many years thereafter. The fact remains that equilibrium will require more time for this wine to attain, so lucky readers who have access to both bottles would be well advised to uncork the 2018 first and hold this in reserve. It shows spicy, toasty oak notes with suggestions of freshly roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder around a core of intense dark cherry fruit. Tasted again after the bottle had been standing open and uncorked for 24 hours, the fruit hadn’t dried out at all, and that underlines what a solid bet this is for positive development over time. 94pts WRO
This time I also tasted two vintages of their flagship and eponymous wine, starting with the 2019 San Román, from a warm and dry vintage that resulted in an early harvest that started the 6th of September in San Román de Hornija. It comes from a selection of over 40-year-old ungrafted and head-pruned vines on stony soils with clay and limestone in different villages of the appellation. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in new and used 225- and 500-liter French and American oak barrels for 24 months. The wine feels quite marked by the élevage in oak, and the 14.5% alcohol seems to have extracted quite a lot of aromas and tannins from the barrels. It's warm and heady, ripe and voluptuous, with abundant but fine tannins and mellow acidity. 112,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2020. Drink 2022-2029.
Luis Gutierrez – The Wine Advocate January 2023
This elegant red draws you into the glass with enticing aromas and flavors of ripe and macerated black cherry and black raspberry fruit, dark chocolate and Mediterranean herbs. Sculpted tannins and lively acidity trim and firm the flavor range. Long and finely knit, this echoes the herb, spice and mineral accents on the finish. Tinta de Toro. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
Wine Spectator - Oct.15, 2022
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