Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
Grapes were cold macerated for 10 days at 42 degrees Fahrenheit prior to fermentation to maximize aroma and color. Fermentation lasted 10 days at temperatures between 68-77° F, followed by an addition 12 days of post-fermentation maceration of skins. After pressing the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 225 liter barriques, followed by 10 months aging in oak. The barrels were made 50% new and 50% one year old from the following coopers; Nadalie, D’Argaud, Sylvain, Demptos. 70% of the barrels were toasted medium plus and the other 30% medium.
The 2009 Eternum Viti is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for 10 months in 50% new French oak. With a glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an inviting nose of smoke, Asian spices, espresso, licorice, violets, and blackberry. Sweet, layered, and voluptuous (in the style of the great 2009 vintage in Toro), this dense, savory, powerful offering will benefit for several years of additional cellaring and drink well through 2024. It is an outstanding value. Issue 195, June 2011
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Smoky, oak-accented aromas of cherry and cassis, with subtle mineral and spice notes adding complexity. Ripe and fleshy, with deep dark fruit flavors enlivened by peppery spices. Shows very good intensity on the long, sappy, spicy finish. Issue 158, Sept/Oct 2011