Elias Mora

"This is very pure, fruit driven wine. It is very fresh with a fleshy and crunchy texture." —
Victoria Benavides, winemaker
Appellation
Toro D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Tinta de Toro, from vines averaging 20 years old
Altitude/Soil
650 meters / clay over limestone with sand and pebbles on the surface
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested, into small boxes at the end of September
Production
Whole berries undergo a 3 day cold soak, 7 day fermentation with skins, malo-lactic conversion in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 6 months in American oak barrels, most of which are new
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Elias Mora 2012
93 (W&S) 91 (IWC) 90 (WS)
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93 Wine & Spirits Magazine Victoria Benavides founded Elias Mora in 2000. With 17.6 acres of vines, most of them near the medieval town of San Roman de Hornija, she makes this red from 20-year-old vines. This wine's red fruit clarity and soft notes of tea leaves make it a sophisticated Toro. The structure is vertical, supported by firm, razor-sharp tannins, all surrounded by delicious flavors of ripe raspberries and scents of flowers.
91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (aged for six months in new American oak): Dark ruby. Fresh, assertively perfumed aromas of cherry, red berry liqueur, peppery spices and minerals, with smoke and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry and flavors and a touch of coconutty oak. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which clings with strong tenacity and slow-building tannins.
90 Wine Spectator Earthy and tarry notes lend a sanguine character to this powerful red, with a core of plum, currant and bitter chocolate imparting balance. The texture is dense and polished, featuring well-integrated tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 10,000 cases made.
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Elias Mora 2014
92 (WRO) 91 (VM) 90 (WE)
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92 Wine Review Online A soft landing followed by a burst of flavor -- not big or heavy in any way, but focused and gratifying -- lets you know right away that you’re in for a truly enjoyable wine experience with this offering from Elias Mora. It is a Spanish wine that is both traditional in its uncompromised freshness, yet is also highly sophisticated, especially in its substantial depth of flavor. Another plus: The memory lingers on in the generous finish.
91 Vinous Media (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in new American oak barrels) Deep ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit, incense and vanilla on the perfumed nose, joined by a smoky element that emerges with air. Supple, palate-coating black currant and bitter cherry flavors are accompanied by mocha and cola flourishes. The sweet, persistent finish features repeating vanilla and spice notes, while supple tannins add shape and grip.
May 2017
90 The Wine Enthusiast Heady cherry and berry aromas are forwardly potent. This young, grippy Toro is tannic and taut on the palate. Gritty blackberry and burnt, toasty flavors finish rough, with grabby, pronounced tannins. Drink from 2017–2023.
November 2016
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