|91||The Wine Enthusiast||Ripe black-fruit aromas blend with notes of sandalwood, turned earth and graham cracker to form a complex and inviting nose. A dry tight tannic palate is proper and drumming, while this Toro tastes of blackberry and wood spice prior to a focused but dry and tannic finish. Drink through 2024.
|90||JamesSuckling.com||Orange peel and plum notes make this a rather sweet Toro. The tannins are correspondingly moderate, and the finish is fresh and quite dry. Drink now.
|90||International Wine Report||Forward, with nice concentration, the 2015 Prima Toro shows wonderful dark fruits with milk chocolate tones on the palate. With good lift and weight, this excellent value will cellar well over the next five to seven years.
|90||Wine Spectator||This red offers a polished texture supported by a firm backbone, and offers reserved but harmonious flavors of black cherry, licorice, graphite and smoke. Drink now through 2025.
Oct 15, 2018 Issue
|89||View from the Cellar||The 2015 Toro “Prima” from Bodegas y Viñedos San Roman is not made from particularly old vines, with the age ranging from fifteen to twenty years of age, but they are farmed organically. The cépages here is eighty-five percent tempranillo and fifteen percent garnacha, with the wine raised for one year in older casks (both of French and American origin). The wine comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up a fine bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, a bit of pepper, a good base of soil, woodsmoke, a touch of cola and hung game. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely spicy, with a good core, chewy tannins and a long, well-balanced and robust finish. This is ripe, but not particularly warm on the backend and is really quite a good example of Toro. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|(88-90)||The Wine Advocate||There was one more vintage to taste of the entry-level red, as the 2015 Prima was in tank and ready to be bottled. The 2015 is juicy and young but it soon opens up to reveal a fine wine. In this vintage they started using some 500-liter oak barrels for the aging, where the wines age slowly, which is something they like for a wine like this where they want to preserve the fruit. This meaty red will result in some 200,000 bottles.
Tasted from tank immediately prior to bottling
Issue 229, February 2017
|92||View from the Cellar||The 2016 Toro “Prima” from Bodegas San Roman is a blend of eighty-five percent tempranillo and fifteen percent garnacha. The wine is raised for one year in used, French and American oak casks and comes in at 14.5 percent octane in this vintage. The bouquet is deep and very promising, offering up scents of cassis, black raspberries, a bit of saddle leather, spit-roasted meats, a touch of anise and a fine base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and beautifully soil-driven in personality, with a fine core of fruit, suave, moderate tannins and outstanding length and grip on the complex and very well balanced finish. This is first class Toro and a bargain, as here in the states, it sells for $25! This does not show its octane at all and is very precise on the backend, with impeccable balance and no signs of heat. 2019- 2040.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
|91||The Wine Enthusiast||Black-fruit aromas include a note of prune. Typical of wines from San Roman, this is tannic, but within reason. Savory oak pushes a bacon flavor onto blackberry fruit, while this is meaty and spicy on the finish. Drink through 2026.
"Tempranillo in the Spotlight" - September 2019
|91||The Wine Advocate||The entry-level red 2016 Prima was produced with grapes from a cooler growing season with an early but long harvest. It's mostly Tinta de Toro with some 10% Garnacha and other red grapes. It fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic, and matured in French and American oak barrels and foudres for 12 months. They are increasing the percentage of foudres used, trying to respect the fruit. It has nice fruit and good freshness, and it's lively and fresh. This is approachable and drinkable, with a nice, soft texture, kind of light for a wine from Toro, in a way reminiscent of a red from Douro. A soft, lighter and fresher style. 215,000 bottles produced.
August 2018 - Issue 238