San Roman

"Simply put, this is one of the great wines of the world." —
Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog
Toro D.O.
100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), from ungrafted vines between 60-100 years old
700-850 meters / sand, clay and gravel, mostly with large surface stones
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic, incorporating some Biodynamic principles and practices
Hand harvested fruit, hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation with native microbes, 2 weeks of skin maceraction
Aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 25% new
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Wine Name
San Roman 2013
93 (RP) 93 (VM) 93 (JS) 92 (VfC)
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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 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+.
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San Roman 2014
94 (WS) 94 (RP) 94 (IWR) 91 (W&S) 91 (VfC)
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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.
June 2018
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.
June 2018
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
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San Roman 2015
95 (Decanter) 93 (WS) 93 (RP)
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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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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
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