Grapes: 95% Tinta de Toro, 5% Garnacha
The grapes for Prima are sourced from vines aged 25 years from the villages of San Roman de Hornija, Villaster and Morales. The vineyards for this wine are growing in sandy-clay soils as opposed to the stonier soils of fruit sourced for San Roman and are trained both en vaso and to wire. The winter of 2007-8 was mild and quite dry. Rains through April and May supported growth through the season. Veraison took place in mid-August, about 10 days later than 2007. Weather during the growing season was mild and dry leading to healthy grapes. Harvest was started on September 19th during a period of hot days and cool nights. The slow maturation and temperature shifts of this season lead to a wine that shows deep colors and a marked minerality.
The grapes are harvested by hand with a selection of grapes in the vineyard. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled, conical, stainless steel tanks which allow for caps to naturally be broken very softly during pump overs. The wine was aged for 12 months in second and third fill French and American oak barrels, which had previously been used for the maturation of San Roman. Unfiltered.
Prima, Eduardo’s concept of a modern, young Toro wine, has fresh, crisp blackberry fruit and toasty warmth in the mouth. Issue 27
Eduardo Garcia Old Vines, Young Children
by Chris Fleming
Deep dark ruby, the aromas are centered around ripe red fruits - cherries, some kirsch, strawberries even after some time. To the background, a oaky, vanilla impression helps the whole set come together in a consistent, balanced bouquet.
Tasting it, one finds a still very young and vibrant wine. Fresh, clear acidity along with some present (although not very hard) tannins, a stronger oaky feel than in the nose and ripe red fruit combine into a really nice tasting, which finishes with a nice spicy feel (I think I could taste some black pepper) that lingers for quite some time after the taste.
I think it would be rewarding to wait a couple of years for this wine and see how it comes along. The high acidity and the youth of the wine seem to indicate that it will grow.
And Spain just got added to the "Must learn more about" list. Scored 16.5/20
Tasted as part of Wine Blogging Wednesday #70
Posted February 16, 2011
The Wine Advocate
Bodegas Maurodos’s 2008 Prima is 95% Tinta de Toro and 5% Garnacha aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak and bottled without filtration. Purple-colored, it displays a nose of cedar, spice box, violets, mineral, and blackberry. On the palate it is juicy, succulent, and concentrated, leading to a seamless finish. Drink this outstanding value over the next 6 years. Issue 188, April 2010
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. Blackberry and cherry aromas are complicated by licorice and black tea. Brighter red fruits appear on the palate, which also displays notes of violet and black pepper. Offers very good depth of fruit and a chewy texture, with firm tannins adding grip to the spicy finish. This benefits from some aeration. Issue 152, Sept/Oct 2010