Elias Mora Crianza 2012

Region: Toro D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)
Vintage: 2012
Color: Red

The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. They are located about 30m higherin altitude and offer more sand than the vineyards used for Elias Mora. Yields are lower as well, around 20hl/ha. Grapes were hand harvested and sorted again at the winery prior to processing.

Grapes saw a 3 day cold-soak followed by alcoholic (12 days) and ML (21 days) in small stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in 50% second-fill American and 50% French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling.


Publication Score Comments
Vinous 92 (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a year in a 50/50 mix of used French and American oak barrels) Deep ruby. Pungent cassis and cherry pit scents are lifted by a peppery nuance and a hint of pungent flowers. Intense bitter cherry, blueberry and coconut flavors tighten up on the back half while picking up a hint of dark chocolate. Closes firm and very long, with dusty tannins framing the oak-spiced dark fruit.
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Vinous 92 Bright violet color. Highly expressive, focused cherry, dark berry, coconut and vanilla aromas expand with aeration. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry compote flavors with exotic oak spice and floral pastille nuances. In a plush, inviting style, showing no rough edges. Velvety tannins add shape to the fairly powerful finish. This suave wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for a year in 50% new French and 50% used American oak barrels. 2020 – 2025
Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
December 2015
The Wine Enthusiast 92 Toasty, warm, lusty dark-berry aromas are laced with a subtle animal accent. This is a big wine, with a fleshy, tannic, muscular feel. Flavors of blackberry, mocha and chocolate finish in fine form, with moderate tannic grip and all sorts of length. Drink this excellent Toro through 2022.
Editors’ Choice
August 2016
Wine & Spirits Magazine 90 By Eias Mora’s standards, 50-years old vines are young, their fruit destine for his Crianza bottling. The age of the vines gives depth to this Toro, a red that’s wild in tannins, tremendous in structure and full of black fruit flavors. Ideal for grilled lamb.
June 2017 issue