Elias Mora Crianza

"This is my classic wine. Toasty, dark berry aromas with mineral and balsamic touches." —
Victoria Benavides, winemaker
Toro D.O.
100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), from 50-year-old, own-rooted, bush vines
700 meters / clay over limstone with sand and pebbles on the surface
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested into small boxes at the end of September
Whole berries undergo a 3 day cold soak, fermentation and malo-lactic conversion in stainless steel tanks
Aged for 12 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels, all second fill
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Wine Name
Elias Mora Crianza 2012
92 (WE) 92 (VM) 92 (RP) 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
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 2013
92 (VM) 90 (RP)
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92 Vinous Media (fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a year in a 50/50 mix of used French and American oak barrels) Deep ruby. Pungent cassis and cherry pit scents are lifted by a peppery nuance and a hint of pungent flowers. Intense bitter cherry, blueberry and coconut flavors tighten up on the back half while picking up a hint of dark chocolate. Closes firm and very long, with dusty tannins framing the oak-spiced dark fruit. 2020 - 2026
Spain's new Releases Part 2: Triumphs and Travails (May 2017)
90 The Wine Advocate The Elías Mora 2013 Crianza shows quite oaky and with high ripeness (15% alcohol). This pure Tempranillo fermented in stainless steel with dry yeasts and matured in 50/50 French and American oak barrels for one year. Spicy, smoky and toasty aromas are intermixed with notes of wild berries and a hint of flowers. The palate is medium to full-bodied with grainy tannins and a dry finish.
Issue 229, 28th Feb 2017
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Elias Mora Crianza 2014
92 (IWR)
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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
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