Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
According to records, the “Los Colmillos” (The Tusks) vineyard was planted in 1950. The owner, Manuel Martin Amores, however, swears it was planted way back in the 1870s. His grandfather, when required to document his estate, chose to register the later date as back in the early 1990s old vines were considered less productive and, consequently, less valuable. Today, of course, we know that really old vines are the determining factor in producing world class wines of great concentration and finesse.
Produced from 130+ year old vines. Fruit was hand harvested and saw fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was
racked to new French oak barrel for malolactic fermentation which was followed by 16 months of aging in barrel. The was
bottled without filtration.
The 2008 Eternum Viti Los Colmillos is also 100% Tinta de Toro from a vineyard, according to records, planted in 1950. However, there is good reason to believe that it was actually planted in the 1870s. The wine went through ML in new French oak followed by 16 months of aging in barrel. A glass-staining opaque purple color, it delivers a compelling aromatic array of sandalwood, incense, truffle, licorice, and lightly roasted black fruits. Full-bodied and powerful on the palate, the wine is layered, dense, and filled with black fruit flavors, spice notes, and licorice. It will evolve for 5-7 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028. In the scheme of things it is a great value in serious red wine. Issue 188, April 2010
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining purple. High-pitched, mineral-driven aromas of black raspberry, cola, potpourri and Asian spices. Fine-grained and sweet, offering an array of red and dark berry flavors and slow-building smokiness. Tannins come on late, adding grip to the long, sweet finish. This benefits from aeration. Issue 152, Sept/Oct 2010