Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
After a warm and mild winter followed by a rainy spring, the summer was characterized by low temperatures. The grapes matured slowly during the month of September due to the contrast of the day and nighttime temperatures. Harvest began on September 15th in stages based on the maturation of the vines.
All fruit was hand harvested with different vineyard plots being vinified separately to respect the characteristics of the different
terroirs. The wine was fermented / macerated for 20 days and aged for 25 months in French oak barrels of different ages. Bottled without filtration.
Loads of toasted oak and vanilla with hints of coffee and berries. Full-bodied, with bright acidity and clean fruit. Lots going on. Needs time to come together. The wood will come together in the wine in two or three years. Best in 2014. February 2, 2012
The Wine Enthusiast
Bold as always, with a ton of cedar, graphite, blackberry, vanilla and coconut notes on the nose. This is huge, tough and ripe, with massive blackberry, café mocha and vanilla flavors. It finishes hard but with a cascade of sweet fruit, marshmallow, coconut cake, herb and vanilla. Needs a few more years to settle. Drink after 2013. Cellar Selection
Issue 2507, July 2012
The Wine Advocate
The 2007 San Roman is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for 25 months in seasoned French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it gives up an already complex bouquet of toasty oak, pencil lead, damp earth, licorice, tapenade, and blackberry. Layered and multi-dimensional on the palate, it lacks the power of a great vintage such as 2009 but the result is a more immediately friendly wine that can be enjoyed from 2015 to 2022 if not longer. Issue 195, June 2011
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Suave, deep aromas of blackberry and cassis, with hints of pipe tobacco, vanilla and mocha. Broad and lush, with an enticing sweetness to its strong black and blue fruit flavors. Chewy, sweet and long on the finish, which features supple tannins and a sexy note of oak spice. This is already drinking beautifully, especially after an hour of aeration. Issue 158, Sept/Oct 2011
This expressive red shows plenty of oak, with cocoa and coffee flavors, but the ripe, bright core of plum, blueberry and cassis keeps it all balanced, with rich, well-integrated tannins matched by fresh acidity. Best from 2014 through 2024. Issue 3607, September 2011
Daily Wine Pick, September 7, 2011