|90||The Wine Advocate||The 2013 Prima was bottled in May 2015, and is a blend of Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) and 10% Garnacha with a little bit of white Malvasía. The wine matured, part in used barrique and part in oak vats, in order to keep the fruit. 2013 was a cooler vintage, which in Toro produced a slow ripening of the grapes. Bright ruby-colored, the nose is cooler, earthy and showing fresh herbal aromas with red fruit and more mineral notes as it opens up in the glass, where graphite, peat and some notes made me think of a classical wine from Bordeaux. The palate is medium-bodied, with very fine tannins and good acidity; it is very elegant, balanced, fresh and easy to drink. 175,000 bottles were produced.|
|90||Vinous Media||Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of dried cherry, cassis, lavender and smoked meat, with a hint of pipe tobacco in the background. Chewy and focused on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of gaminess. The smoke and cherry notes repeat on the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine was aged for a year in used French and American oak barriques. 2019 – 2022|
|89||Wine Spectator||This thick red delivers plum, coffee, loamy and licorice flavors, with solid tannins and muted acidity. Dense and muscular, in a rustic style. Drink now through 2023.
August 31, 2016
|91||JamesSuckling.com||Lots of grape-skin character with hints of licorice and hot stones. Concentrated and rich, yet there's an underlying freshness. Polished tannins...Drink now.|
|91||Vinous Media||(aged for a year in French and American oak barrels, a tiny percentage of them new) Opaque ruby. Ripe blue fruit, cola and floral oil scents pick up notes of licorice and allspice as the wine opens up. Fleshy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors enlivened by a spicy nuance. Turns sweeter with air and repeats the floral note on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity.
|90||The Wine Advocate||The entry-level 2014 Prima is a blend of Tinta de Toro, 10% Garnacha and a little bit of white Malvasía. It matured in used barrique and oak vats to keep the fruit. 2014 is a cooler vintage, from a very balanced year and the wines show more freshness. This Prima keeps the primary fruit and feels young, but it has good depth and a very pleasant mouthfeel. Some 200,000 bottles were produced.|
|89||View from the Cellar||The 2014 vintage of Prima Tinto from Bodegas Maurodos has a touch more Garnacha in the blend this year than was the case in 2013, with the cépages in 2014 fifteen percent Garnacha and eighty-five percent Tempranillo. The wine is more black fruity in personality than the Elias Mora Toro, despite including Garnacha, as it wafts from the glass in a ripe blend of black cherries, gentle balsamic tones, a nice base of soil tones, hung game, lovely spice tones and a touch of dried eucalyptus in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with moderate tannins, good focus and balance and a long, gently heady finish. This is 14.5 percent alcohol, but handles its octane very nicely and seems more refined on the palate than the 2013 version did a year ago. This is a very good bottle of Toro and a fine value. 2017-2030+.|
|91||The Wine Enthusiast||Ripe black-fruit aromas blend with notes of sandalwood, turned earth and graham cracker to form a complex and inviting nose. A dry tight tannic palate is proper and drumming, while this Toro tastes of blackberry and wood spice prior to a focused but dry and tannic finish. Drink through 2024.
|90||JamesSuckling.com||Orange peel and plum notes make this a rather sweet Toro. The tannins are correspondingly moderate, and the finish is fresh and quite dry. Drink now.
|90||International Wine Report||Forward, with nice concentration, the 2015 Prima Toro shows wonderful dark fruits with milk chocolate tones on the palate. With good lift and weight, this excellent value will cellar well over the next five to seven years.
|90||Wine Spectator||This red offers a polished texture supported by a firm backbone, and offers reserved but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, graphite and smoke. Drink now through 2025.
Oct 15, 2018 Issue
|89||View from the Cellar||The 2015 Toro “Prima” from Bodegas y Viñedos San Roman is not made from particularly old vines, with the age ranging from fifteen to twenty years of age, but they are farmed organically. The cépages here is eighty-five percent tempranillo and fifteen percent garnacha, with the wine raised for one year in older casks (both of French and American origin). The wine comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up a fine bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, a bit of pepper, a good base of soil, woodsmoke, a touch of cola and hung game. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely spicy, with a good core, chewy tannins and a long, well-balanced and robust finish. This is ripe, but not particularly warm on the backend and is really quite a good example of Toro. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|(88-90)||The Wine Advocate||There was one more vintage to taste of the entry-level red, as the 2015 Prima was in tank and ready to be bottled. The 2015 is juicy and young but it soon opens up to reveal a fine wine. In this vintage they started using some 500-liter oak barrels for the aging, where the wines age slowly, which is something they like for a wine like this where they want to preserve the fruit. This meaty red will result in some 200,000 bottles.
Tasted from tank immediately prior to bottling
Issue 229, February 2017
|92||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Toro “Prima” from Bodegas San Roman is a blend of eighty-five percent tempranillo and fifteen percent garnacha. The wine is raised for one year in used, French and American oak casks and comes in at 14.5 percent octane in this vintage. The bouquet is deep and very promising, offering up scents of cassis, black raspberries, a bit of saddle leather, spit-roasted meats, a touch of anise and a fine base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and beautifully soil-driven in personality, with a fine core of fruit, suave, moderate tannins and outstanding length and grip on the complex and very well balanced finish. This is first class Toro and a bargain, as here in the states, it sells for $25! This does not show its octane at all and is very precise on the backend, with impeccable balance and no signs of heat. 2019- 2040.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
|91||The Wine Advocate||The entry-level red 2016 Prima was produced with grapes from a cooler growing season with an early but long harvest. It's mostly Tinta de Toro with some 10% Garnacha and other red grapes. It fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic, and matured in French and American oak barrels and foudres for 12 months. They are increasing the percentage of foudres used, trying to respect the fruit. It has nice fruit and good freshness, and it's lively and fresh. This is approachable and drinkable, with a nice, soft texture, kind of light for a wine from Toro, in a way reminiscent of a red from Douro. A soft, lighter and fresher style. 215,000 bottles produced.
August 2018 - Issue 238