|95||The Wine Advocate||The 2004 V2-Premium is sourced from a single vineyard with 80+-year-old vines. The wine was aged for 17 months in new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a hugely expressive nose of vanilla bean, spice box, plum, blueberry jam, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and powerful, totally harmonious, with exceptional depth, richness and concentration, this splendid effort is for those with patience. Needing a decade of cellaring, this wine should have a long life, providing immense pleasure through 2030.|
|94||Vinous Media||(raised in new French oak barriques for 17 months): Glass-staining ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur and vanilla, with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, palate-staining dark berry, cherry-cola, spicecake and floral pastille flavors show superb focus and depth, with zesty acidity providing lift. Densely packed but the overall impression conveyed by this wine is one of elegance, not brawn. Fine-grained tannins come in late to give shape and grip to a strikingly long, incisive finish featuring suave floral pastille and dark berry preserve character. 2019 – 2025|
|94||Wine & Spirits Magazine||A single-vineyard wine, produced only in years that Elias Mora considers exceptional, this tinta de toro comes from vines planted 80 years ago on a mix of sand, clay and chalk. Over that soil, a thick layer of gravel has reflected the sun of the warm 2012 vintage, transforming the heat into a dense layer of black fruit and spice. Tremendous in size, broad in all its aspects, the wine is admirably supported by its tannins. This is a wine for the future. Leave it in the cellar for at least five years and then enjoy it with braised rabo de toro.|
|93 EC||Wine Enthusiast||Jammy blackberry, prune and chocolate aromas comprise a prototypical Toro nose. Raw tannins along with fresh acidity make for an intense palate that's nowhere near at peak, while this tastes of black fruits, toasty oak, chocolate and baking spices. On the finish, a residual oak flavor and related spice notes along with hard tannins suggest that you don't rush this. Drink through 2032.
Editors' Choice- August 2019
|93||Guia Penin||Guia Penin 2018|
|94||Vinous Media||(sourced from vines that are reportedly over 80 years old and produced only 12 hl/ha; fermented and aged for 17 months in new French oak barrels) Dark purple. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, incense, Indian spices and vanilla, and a seductive potpourri quality emerges with aeration. Sweet, broad and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla flavors, a touch of licorice and building spiciness. Velvety and full but energetic as well, finishing with outstanding power and smooth, sneaky tannins that fold effortlessly into the sweet fruit.|