|93||The Wine Advocate||The 2013 San Román was produced with fruit from older vineyards in Toro. In 2012 they started reducing the amount of the new oak in this wine and the change is quite noticeable. There is something leafy and floral showing elegance within the power that the place provides naturally. 2013 was quite different in Toro from Ribera del Duero, here the cooler years are a plus, as they balance the extra ripeness the place provides. In 2013 there was no rain during the harvest and the grapes were very healthy. There are some fine tannins and the profile of a more austere and transparent vintage, a mineral year. But it does have the smoky and slightly wild character of Toro. 87,000 bottles produced. 2017-2022
28th Feb 2017
|93||Vinous Media||(aged for two years in 75 percent French and 25 percent American oak barrels, half of them new) Inky purple. Heady cherry, dark berry, vanilla and violet pastille qualities on the oak-accented nose. At once rich and energetic; a firm spine of acidity provides lift to sweet cassis, blueberry and vanilla flavors. Closes with youthful tannic grip and impressive persistence, leaving dark berry and licorice candy notes behind. 2021-2028|
|93||JamesSuckling.com||Very pretty aromas reminiscent of graphite, crushed blackberries and capuccino undertones that turn floral. Concentrated and fine-grained Toro with berry flavors. Plenty of wood, yet this is silky and attractive. Better to drink in 2018 but delicious now. Galicia, Canary Islands lead the charge on Spain’s bright future|
|92||View from the Cellar||The 2013 old vine bottling (sixty to ninety year-old vines) of San Román from Bodegas Maurodos was raised in fifty percent new oak, in a combination of American and French casks. This is entirely tempranillo, with the 2013 vintage coming in at the same 14.5 percent octane as last year’s fine example. As I mentioned in my note on the 2012 a year ago, this is a modernstyled wine that is done impeccably well, with a sense of aromatic precision that is pretty rare in wines at this level of ripeness. The bouquet offers up a nascently complex blend of black cherries, cassis, a touch of cigar smoke, balsamic tones, a good base of soil, gentle notes of garrigue and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and well-balanced, with a rock solid core, fine focus, firm, chewy tannins and very good length and grip on the slightly warm finish. As I mentioned in my note on the 2012 San Román, this is really a beautifully made wine that could clearly be even better to my palate if harvested just a touch less ripe. Why not trade just a touch more youthful structure for a wine of even greater complexity and breed? That said, the 2013 San Román from Bodegas Maurodos is really a fine example of the more modern style in Toro. 2021-2045+.|
|94||Wine Spectator||A velvety texture carries ripe fruit flavors of plum and blackberry in this plush red. Cocoa, loamy earth and mineral notes add depth and interest. Ripe tannins are well-integrated, andnbalsamic acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2029.
#41 Top 100 Wines of 2018
|94||The Wine Advocate||I also had the opportunity to taste the 2014 San Román, which has benefitted from one extra year in bottle. The year was less warm and ripe than 2015, but the fruit is still quite ripe, but without excess. It has nicely integrated oak and a powerful mouthfeel keeping the poise and elegance. The flavors are focused, and the end is long. 95,000 bottles produced.
August 2018 - Issue 238
|94||International Wine Report||Lifted, opulent and intense, the 2014 'San Roman' Toro is showing incredible range right now. Following extended air contact, the wine begins to opens with a ripe dark fruit bouquet with toasty oak, white rose and milk chocolate shavings which all build in the glass. On the palate this displays a wonderful combination of tension and viscosity. Blueberry Coulis, blackberry pie, coffee grounds and dark chocolate flavors all come to mind. Complex and seductive, this will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar.
|91||Wine & Spirits Magazine||Mariano García, one of the pioneers of contemporary Toro, seeks finesse in an area where red wines with brutal power are the norm. This wine has the sweetness and the unctuous flavors of fruit grown under the region’s intense sun, even as its texture is silky and round. Its flavors of strawberry and cherry are ripe and expansive.
|91||View from the Cellar||The San Roman bottling from the winery of the same name is one of their old vine cuvées, produced entirely from tempranillo, with the vines ranging from sixty to more than ninety years of age. The vineyards here are far stonier than those used for their Prima bottling. The wine is raised in fifty percent new oak for two years, with the barricas a combination of both French and American oak. The 2014 San Roman comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up excellent complexity in its aromatic constellation of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate, a fine base of soil, a bit of saddle leather and a well done base of cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, broad-shouldered and rock solid at the core, with firm, ripe tannins, good focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and robust finish. This carries its alcohol pretty well, but it is still a touch warm on the backend. But, in the context of Toro today, this is pretty classy juice. 2020-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|95||Decanter Magazine||A hint of gaminess on the nose, but the palate is packed with
generous fruit. Notes of chocolate from the oak are married to
cherry and elderberry fruit, tobacco smoke and cedar. Silky
texture with grip but also great finesse. Great persistence.
Power and elegance combined. Drink 2019-2035
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|94||Vinous Media||The 2015 Bodegas San Roman Toro is another sensational release from this storied property in the Toro region. Toro saw very high heat spikes in 2015 so it is not surprising to see this massive wine weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. Needing a one hour hour decant, after some air this beautiful wine slowly unveils gorgeous aromatic range from black tea and Asian spices that mingle with notes of milk chocolate covered red cherry and tobacco leaf that are all marvelously woven together in the glass. The texture is soft and sumptuous, giving this wine a hedonistic edge. Suggestions of black forest cake and sweet pipe tobacco fill the palate, deftly mingling with minerals and peat moss tones. This finishes exceedingly long with dark fruits and minerals. WHile this is a delight to savor in its youth, the 2015 San Roman has both the acidity and stuffing to cellar well for the next twenty years. Drink 2020-2035
|93 CS||The Wine Enthusiast||Classy aromas of lemony oak, cigar box,
bramble and berry fruits set up a massive palate
with fierce tannins and years of aging potential.
Dark, toasty flavors of pure cacao, charred oak
and black fruits finish with power and structure.
Decant if drinking anytime soon; best from 2022
#91 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2019
|93||Wine Spectator||Cocoa, licorice and spice notes frame ripe plum and currant flavors in this rich, generous red. The firm tannins are well-integrated and balsamic acidity keeps this lively and balanced. Harmonious, in the modern style. Drink now through 2030.
September 30, 2019
|93||The Wine Advocate||The eponymous 2015 San Román was produced with fruit from a dry and warm year, from one of the earliest harvests to date (but records are broken almost every year, and 2017 was even earlier). It's always sourced from old, head-pruned and ungrafted Tinta de Toro vines on stony, limestone and clay soils in different villages of the appellation,including Morales de Toro, Pedrosa del Rey and San Román de Hornija. It fermented in wide stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and matured for 24 months in oak barrels, 70% French and the rest American It's ripe, wide, hedonistic and generously oaked. A powerful, generous vintage of San Román. It should age nicely in bottle. 95,800 bottles were filled in January 2018.
August 2018 - Issue 238
|96||Wine Review Online||I believe I’ve tasted every vintage of this wine that’s been imported into the USA, and think that this may be the best of them all. It is still quite young, but obviously very beautiful in character and virtually perfect in ripeness, structure and proportionality. Quite deeply pigmented, with exceptional flavor impact but no heaviness, it is marvelous Tempranillo with many years of improvement ahead of it. Rather tight when first opened, with notable but definitely not excessive oak, it unfolds gradually over the course of its first hours after opening to display ever more layers of fruit and minerality, and ever better integrated toast and spice from oak. Tasted again 24 hours later, it is better still. Fresh with acidity, it is beautifully bright, with gorgeous purity of fruit. It really needs time to unwind, and will no doubt not hit its peak until it is at least a decade from the vintage, and quite possibly not until a decade from now. I’ve seen the reviews from other critics, including Luis Gutiérrez from The Wine Advocate (whom I greatly respect), and all of them underscored this wine, no doubt because they tasted it while it was still too young and tight. Odds are I’ve underscored it too.
October 6, 2020
|95||Washington Wine Blog||The 2016 Bodegas San Roman Toro follows the really impressive line of San Roman wines over the past decade. Needing a two hour decant to fully evolve, once on the nose you are impressed by the intensity of not only massive dark fruits but non-fruit aromatics of tar, sandalwood and leather that combine with shades of damp earth. The palate is plush, with silky tannins and toasty oak that are artfully woven into the core of blackberry cobbler, blueberry cordial, mocha, and creosote tones. Showing a great feeling of range, with vibrant acidity, a light dusting of salinity and excellent weight, the 2016 Bodegas San Roman Toro will enjoy an exceedingly long life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2038.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
|94||View from the Cellar||The 2016 San Román Tinto, which is the winery’s flagship bottling, is comprised from one hundred percent old vine Tempranillo, with the vines ranging from sixty to more than ninety years of age, with all of these vineyards certified organically-farmed. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in a combination of three-quarters French oak and one-quarter American casks, with both two hundred and twenty-five and five hundred liter barrels utilized. Only twenty-five percent of the oak is new. The wine offers up a superb bouquet, wafting from the glass in a mix of black cherries, black plum, Cuban cigar, a touch of anise, clove-like spice tones, a fine base of soil and a very refined foundation of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impressively transparent for its octane level (it is listed at 14.5 percent, but carries it seamlessly and seems cooler in the mouth), with a great core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance and a very long, ripely tannic and very classy finish. This is one of the best young examples of Toro I have tasted in ages, but one would expect this from a winery founded by Mariano Garcia (of Vega Sicilia fame) and now run by his two sons, Alberto and Eduardo Garcia! 2030-2055+.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
|94||The Wine Advocate||The 2016 San Román was cropped from a generous vintage, which meant great balance in the grapes, good freshness, very fine tannins and less concentration. Having said that, I think the wine has great aging potential; it's not really a light wine (it's Toro after all), and it has structure and good grip and a classical profile, still quite generously oaked and in need of some time in bottle. They used a small percentage of 500-liter barrels for the élevage of some plots. It should turn into a very classical García wine with a few years in bottle. 100,000 bottles produced. It matures in oak for two years. It was bottled in January 2019.
The García family from Mauro has also started converting their vineyards to biodynamic, a fascinating change, but a normal move after their organic work.
|92||JamesSuckling.com||Lovely bright fruit on display here, ranging from elderberries to blueberries to blackberries with lavender undertones. Medium-bodied with some really firm tannins and quite structured on the finish. Drink now.
July 24, 2019
|92||Wine Spectator||Dusty earth and dried herb notes frame black cherry and currant flavors in this harmonious red. Firm tannins and bright acidity give it focus and structure. Balanced, with depth. Drink now through 2026. 5,400 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. — TM