Elias Mora Crianza

"This is my classic wine. Toasty, dark berry aromas with mineral and balsamic touches." —
Victoria Benavides, winemaker
Appellation
Toro D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), from 50-year-old, own-rooted, bush vines
Altitude/Soil
700 meters / clay over limstone 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, fermentation and malo-lactic conversion in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 12 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels, all second fill
Suggested Retail Price
$40
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Elias Mora Crianza 2012
92 (WE) 92 (VM) 92 (RP) 91 (Peñin) 90 (W&S)
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92 The Wine Enthusiast Toasty, warm, lusty dark-berry aromas are laced with a subtle animal accent. This is a big wine, with a fleshy, tannic, muscular feel. Flavors of blackberry, mocha and chocolate finish in fine form, with moderate tannic grip and all sorts of length. Drink this excellent Toro through 2022.
Editors’ Choice
August 2016
92 Vinous Media Bright violet color. Highly expressive, focused cherry, dark berry, coconut and vanilla aromas expand with aeration. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry compote flavors with exotic oak spice and floral pastille nuances. In a plush, inviting style, showing no rough edges. Velvety tannins add shape to the fairly powerful finish. This suave wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged for a year in 50% new French and 50% used American oak barrels. 2020 – 2025
92 The Wine Advocate The dark 2012 Crianza Elías Mora feels serious, concentrated and ripe without excess, with a dominance of black fruit and plenty of spices. This wine is powerful and concentrated, yes, but it's fresh and balanced, and the tannins are present but fine-grained. This is an impressive Crianza. Looking at last year's notes, I see that this wine was also my favorite then. This wine is good for consistency.
Issue 221, October 29, 2015
91 Guia Penin Guia Penin 2016
90 Wine & Spirits Magazine By Eias Mora’s standards, 50-years old vines are young, their fruit destine for his Crianza bottling. The age of the vines gives depth to this Toro, a red that’s wild in tannins, tremendous in structure and full of black fruit flavors. Ideal for grilled lamb.
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Elias Mora Crianza 2014
92 (IWR) 91 (Peñin)
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92 International Wine Report The 2014 Elias Mora 'Crianza' was aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak prior to bottling. Needing some air contact to open, after time this begins to show a ripe bouquet of graphite, crushed mint, blackberry pie and milk chocolate shavings. Nicely balanced, blue fruit flavors begins to emerge that beautifully combine with black fruits and chocolate. Overall a fantastic Toro, which should will continue to evolve nicely over the next decade or more.
June 2018
91 Guia Penin Guia Penin 2018
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Elias Mora Crianza 2015
91 (WS) 91 (Peñin) 88 (VfC)
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91 Wine Spectator Plush and polished, this red delivers ripe flavors of roasted cherry, fig compote and cocoa, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Generous and even gentle, but offers good depth. Drink now through 2027.
August 31, 2019
91 Guia Penin Guia Penin 2019
88 View from the Cellar The 2015 Crianza from Elias Mora is a touch riper than the 2015 entry level bottling I reviewed quite positively a couple of issues back, as this is a full fifteen percent octane (versus 14.5 for the previous example). The wine sees no new oak during its elevage, as it is raised for a year in a fifty-fifty mix of American and French casks that are already one year-old. The wine offers up a ripe and classy bouquet of black cherries, sweet dark berries, some balsamic overtones, cigar wrapper, a fine base of soil tones and a bit of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, powerful and full, with excellent depth at the core, broad shoulders and a long, moderately tannic and complex finish. This carries its alcohol pretty well, but at fifteen percent, there is a bit of backend heat poking out. This is a very well-made wine that is a bit too ripe for my palate, which keeps its score down a bit, but this is Toro in the twenty-first century and until something gets done about global warming, this is how these wines are going to be. In that context, this is truly a superb effort and if you can handle the octane better than I on the finish, add four points to me score, as there is a lot to like here! 2018-2035+.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
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Elias Mora Crianza 2016
93 (WRO) 92 (WB) 91 (WS) 91 (WE) 91 (Peñin) 88+ (VfC)
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93 Wine Review Online Although this terrific Crianza release will ultimately outlive and probably surpass the 2017 Tinto from Elias Mora, it is only barely the better wine in the near term except for those who love oak spice and expect it from their Spanish reds. To be clear, though, the oak is beautifully measured to accent the fruit, which is itself so rich and sappy that it can easily handle the spicy, toasty notes without being overwhelmed. Indeed, the core of fruit is so concentrated and compelling that I’m tempted to write “bloody” rather than “sappy,” as the rich texture and salty undertones really do taste like a bloody lip in the wake of one of the pond hockey fights of my youth. Not everyone would like that simile, of course, but the Spanish know a bit about bull’s blood…which is surely what this region was named for in the Middle Ages, rather than bulls themselves. Terrific now with food but really crafted for a decade’s worth of cellaring, you can use it according to your preferences and hit the mark either way.
August 18, 2020
92 Washington Wine Blog The 2016 Elias Mora ‘Crianza’ Toro is a fabulous value from this mountainous region. Toasty oak wraps around the core of dark currants, pipe tobacco and leather tones on the nose. The palate has wonderful freshness and verve, with a silky texture. Layers of dark fruits dance with bchpcoate and minerals with smoky undertones. Every bit outstanding, this beautiful ‘Crianza’ Toro will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2020-2030.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 2020
91 Wine Spectator This red is rich and deep, in a savory style. Espresso, loamy earth and mineral notes frame currant, fig, cocoa and clove flavors. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, while firm acidity keeps this focused. Compact but energetic. Drink now through 2028. 7,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. — TM
October 2020
91 The Wine Enthusiast Concentrated blackberry and cassis aromas lead to a full and intense palate. Toasty blackberry, cassis, vanilla and chocolate flavors are nothing unusual for this consistent producer, while this crianza feels warm and weighty but doesn’t lose clarity on the finish. Drink through 2024. —M.S.
December 2020
91 Guia Penin Colour: cherry, purple rim. Nose: fruit expression, red berry notes, spicy, dried flowers. Palate: flavourful, fruity, good acidity, long elegant.
Guia Peñin 2020
88+ View from the Cellar The Crianza bottling from Elias Mora hails from vines that are a bit older than the Descartes below, but these are not at elevation and do not have a northerly exposition, so they realize a bit more octane and the 2016 version comes in listed at a full fifteen percent alcohol. The wine does not see any new wood, but is raised in a fifty-fifty mix of American and French barrels that are “one wine-old”. The 2016 offers up a deep, ripe and surprisingly fresh nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, balsamic overtones, cigar ash and a nice touch of oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, plump and nicely light on its feet for fifteen percent octane, a good core, slightly coarse tannins and good length and grip on the slightly warm finish. Not bad in its idiom. 2023-2040.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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