|92||The Wine Advocate||The 2003 Gran Elias Mora is sourced from a single 70+-year-old vineyard. Only the best barrels make the cut and the wine is aged for a total of 17 months in new French oak. Nearly black in color, the wine’s perfume consists of pain grille, soy, pencil lead, smoke, black cherry and black currant. It beautifully marries elegance and power on the palate. There are layers of sweet fruit, well-integrated tannin, and great balance. This strong effort will reward 4-6 years of cellaring and provide pleasure through 2020.|
|90||Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar||Ruby-red. Powerful, smoky and rich on the nose, with ripe scents of cherry preserves, minerals, roasted coffee and chocolate. Then surprisingly fresh and energetic in the mouth, with tangy red fruit flavors joined on the back by mocha and mineral notes Finishes with silky tannins, a fresh strawberry flavor and a dense, chewy texture. This could be drunk now with a couple hours of decanting.|
|90||Guia Proensa||The name “super-super of the Vickis” is given to this modern, luscious, fine and sophisticated red. Aromas of well-matured fruit with mineral notes and toasted aromas, a touch spicy. Balanced, well structured without being flabby, fleshy, savory, ample.|
|95||The Wine Enthusiast||Tightly wound, layered, moderately tannic and oozing excellence, this is a fantastic high-end Toro from the superb 2012 vintage. The minerally, toasty aroma of blackberry is stylish and shows a balsamic note. Flavors of licorice, sweet balsamic vinegar, chocolate and toasty blackberry continue on a long, deep, complex finish. Drink this ace-level red from 2017–2028.
Editor's Choice; April 2016
|95||Wine Review Online||This is an astonishing wine, but not for the faint of heart. It is hugely impressive, with “huge” being the most important element in that clause. Still nearly black in color and opaque in pigmentation at 6 years of age, it is phenomenally rich and concentrated. Aromas of baking spices and subtle woodsmoke are quite appealing, but then the sheer intensity and power of the wine just kick down the door and the wild ride begins. Those who think Tempranillo (or Tinta de Toro, as it is called in this region) just makes light- or medium-bodied wines will be set straight permanently by this bottling, which as actually “thick” in texture, as in milkshake thick. Flavors of blackberries, cassis and black cherry are very intense but not remotely obvious or over-ripe, and though there’s a lot of bracing from oak, the wood accents definitely overwhelmed by the fruit’s sheer strength. You could enjoy this now with decanting and a grilled steak, but it will be better in another 5 years and undoubtedly can hang on or even improve for a full decade from now. What a wine!
Michael Franz - October 30, 2018
|93||Vinous Media||Brilliant ruby. Complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense, mocha and exotic spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Sweet and incisive on the palate, offering sappy, vivacious raspberry and lavender pastille flavors. In a seamless, graceful style, with a pliant, gently tannic finish emphatically echoing the floral quality. Made from fruit grown in a 70+-year-old vineyard, this wine was aged in new French for 17 months. 2020 – 2026.
Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
|92||Wine & Spirits Magazine||For her most ambitious red, Victoria Benavides selects fruit from 70-year-old vines at the Senda del Lobo vineyards, right next to the winery in San Roman de Hornija. This is Toro at its most robust and concentrated, as tense as an animal about to pounce on its prey. Defined by strength and ripeness, as well as the power of its tannins, this is a red that needs a decade in the cellar.
|92||International Wine Review||This is a rich and densely flavored wine sourced from the 70-year old Senda del Lobo vineyard. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in oak, it offers fragrant aromas of red and black berry fruit with toasted oak on the nose. On the palate it is soft and elegant revealing dark berry, perfect balance and a lingering finish.|
|91||The Wine Advocate||The 2012 Gran Elias Mora is pure Tempranillo from a single vineyard planted in the 1970s -- a vineyard called Senda del Lobo, which provides very low yields. The wine matured in oak barrels for 17 months, despite which the oak aromas are nicely integrated and folded into the fruit, revealing themselves in the shape of spices and hints of toasted bread. The wine is quite aromatic and expressive, and the palate is medium to full-bodied with some chewy tannins. This is a powerful Toro. 6,000 bottles.|
|94||International Wine Report||The Elias Mora 'Gran' Toro is sourced from the finest vineyards placed at La Cuesta de los Lobos. This inky colored Toro starts off with aromas of toasty oak, crème de cassis, anise, graphite and blackberry pie. The heady aromatics continue to bring you back to the glass for more. Refined, with an intense viscosity and tension, the wine is nearly impossible to put down once in the glass. Dark fruits mingle with lively minerality, and strong chocolate overtones. Seductive, chewy and dense, this slumbering giant still needs some time in the cellar.
|93||Vinous Media||(made from vines that are reportedly over 70 years old and yielded 15 hl/ha; fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for two years) Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense, vanilla, licorice and violet, backed by a smoky mineral quality. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blueberry, cherry compote and mocha flavors and subtle hints of spicecake and candied flowers. The floral and blue fruit notes reverberate emphatically on the strikingly long finish, which is framed by smooth tannins.
Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
|93||The Wine Enthusiast||Cedar, charred oak and game are the key aromas in this wine. The palate is huge and tannic, with flavors of blackberry, cassis, baking spices and herbs that finish chocolaty and spicy. While the product of a cool vintage, this is still a saturated beast that could use more time to come around; drink through 2028.
Cellar Selection; May 2018