Gran Elias Mora 2012

Region: Toro D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
Vintage: 2012
Color: Red

This wine is produced from the single, more than 70 year old, Senda del Lobo vineyard. It is located right next to the winery on the outskirts of San Roman de la Hornija. Soils are composed of limey clay with sand and large stones. Yields are around 15hl/ha. Grapes are selectively hand harvested and sorted again at the winery prior to processing. A 3 day cold soak is followed by alcoholic (14 days) and ML (21 days) in stainless steel tanks. After 12 months in new French oak barrels there is a selection of barrels with selected lots, which comprise this wine seeing an additional 5 months of aging in barrels; a total of 17 months in oak. Fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered.

This wine is “Viki´s soul”, grapes that come from single, unique and very old parcel, made only the exceptional years during which grapes show balance, elegance and freshness above all.


Publication Score Comments
Vinous 93 Brilliant ruby. Complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, incense, mocha and exotic spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Sweet and incisive on the palate, offering sappy, vivacious raspberry and lavender pastille flavors. In a seamless, graceful style, with a pliant, gently tannic finish emphatically echoing the floral quality. Made from fruit grown in a 70+-year-old vineyard, this wine was aged in new French for 17 months. 2020 – 2026
Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
December 2015
The Wine Enthusiast 95 Tightly wound, layered, moderately tannic and oozing excellence, this is a fantastic high-end Toro from the superb 2012 vintage. The minerally, toasty aroma of blackberry is stylish and shows a balsamic note. Flavors of licorice, sweet balsamic vinegar, chocolate and toasty blackberry continue on a long, deep, complex finish. Drink this ace-level red from 2017–2028.
Editor's Choice
April 2016
The Wine Advocate 91 The 2012 Gran Elias Mora is pure Tempranillo from a single vineyard planted in the 1970s -- a vineyard called Senda del Lobo, which provides very low yields. The wine matured in oak barrels for 17 months, despite which the oak aromas are nicely integrated and folded into the fruit, revealing themselves in the shape of spices and hints of toasted bread. The wine is quite aromatic and expressive, and the palate is medium to full-bodied with some chewy tannins. This is a powerful Toro. 6,000 bottles.
Issue 221, October 2015
Wine & Spirits Magazine 92 For her most ambitious red, Victoria Benavides selects fruit from 70-year-old vines at the Senda del Lobo vineyards, right next to the winery in San Roman de Hornija. This is Toro at its most robust and concentrated, as tense as an animal about to pounce on its prey. Defined by strength and ripeness, as well as the power of its tannins, this is a red that needs a decade in the cellar.
June, 2016
International Wine Review 92 This is a rich and densely flavored wine sourced from the 70-year old Senda del Lobo vineyard. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in oak, it offers fragrant aromas of red and black berry fruit with toasted oak on the nose. On the palate it is soft and elegant revealing dark berry, perfect balance and a lingering finish.
Report 49: The Best of Spain, July 2015