Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
The grapes come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. The vines are a Tempranillo clone that yields small berries and is planted on small slopes with rocky soil.
Harvested at the end of September. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks for 22 days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in second-fill American and French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling. The wine was bottled without filtration or stabilization.
An opaque color suggests power and density, and for the most part that’s what you get. Jammy, raisiny aromas culminate with prune and berry pie scents. There’s pointy acidity to the palate, which amplifies cassis, blackberry and carob flavors. A warm, long finish is the conclusion. Drink through 2016. Issue 2609, October 2013
The Wine Advocate
The 2008 Elias Mora Crianza spent 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. It offers up aromas of balsamic, balsam wood, blackberry, tar, and licorice. Dense, rich, savory, and nicely proportioned, this lengthy effort will continue to fill out for another 1-2 years and provide enjoyment through 2020. Issue 195, June 2011
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid purple. Aromas of cherry pit, redcurrant, licorice and dark chocolate. Supple and dense but fresh, offering spicy red and black fruits, fresh herbs and mounting spiciness. This youthful, tightly wound wine finishes with firm, ripe tannins and very good persistence. Score: 90(+?)
Issue 158, Sept/Oct 2011
This firm, solid red offers expressive flavors of mineral, smoke, blackberry, herb and licorice. A big wine that remains balanced. Best from 2012 through 2020. Issue 3607, September 2011