|92||The Wine Enthusiast||Earthy, foresty berry aromas are loaded with oaky accents of coconut, vanilla and tobacco. This is fiercely tannic, but there’s enough fruit and structure to handle severe tannic bite. Ripe, raisiny flavors come with tobacco and herbal accents, while the finish is pounding and full of chocolate, fig, coffee and herbal flavors. Drink through 2025.
|95||Wine & Spirits Magazine||Toro’s hot and dry climate delivers wines with extremely concentrated, ripe flavors. Achieving balance is the challenge. Working with vines planted 70 years ago in Senda del Lobo, Mora has produced a tremendous wine that’s completely in equilibrium. The tannins have a certain softness that may come from the clay soils, even as their stature remains enormous – one of those bulls that every matador fears facing in the ruedo. The flavors of red and black fruit are mixed with notes of spice, herbs and soft mineral tones that bring seductive complexity. It fills the mouth, but also refreshes it with a vibrant acidity. Leave this wine for a decade in the cellar and then serve it with leg of lamb.|
|94||Vinous Media||(aged for two years in new French oak): Inky purple. Flamboyant aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, vanilla, Indian spices and dark chocolate, with a mineral flourish adding vivacity. Sweet, pliant and seamless on the palate, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles, cola and mocha. Finishes with harmonious tannins and superb persistence, leaving sweet blueberry and lavender notes behind. This fruit was sourced from a plot of vines more than 70 years old, with the yield only around 15 hectoliters per hectare. 2020 – 2027|
|94||The Wine Enthusiast||Cool, alluring aromas of ripe blackberry and fine oak are complete and highly attractive. A deep palate offers excellent balance, while flavors of cassis, blackberry, oak and delicate spices finish with power, elegance, length and an overriding sense of high quality. Drink through 2028.
Editors' Choice September 2016
|90+||View from the Cellar||The 2010 Reserva from Bodegas Elias Mora is a barrel selection of the most concentrated casks from the Gran Elias bottling, produced from seventy year-old vines planted in a very stony vineyard and the wine is aged for two years entirely in new French barrels. The wine reports fully fifteen percent alcohol on the label, but it manages this level of ripeness very well indeed and I get no sense of heat or sur maturité on the palate. This is a deep, powerful wine that is still very much in its adolescence, offering up a primary bouquet of black cherries, chocolate, gentle balsamic tones, a good dollop of soil, a bit of spit-roasted game, wild fennel and well done new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and potentially plush at the core, with firm, chewy tannins, fine focus and grip and a very long, youthful and promising finish. There is great depth of fruit here to carry its new wood, but the oak tannins are still not quite fully integrated and the wine is in need of further bottle age to completely harmonize. I imagine that the wood tannins will eventually integrate completely, but this is another wine that would be even better with less new wood (how about one-third new casks and one-third each of one and two wine barrels?), as I cannot really see the point of continuing to have to wait for the wine to absorb its wood tannins. But, this has impressive potential and I imagine in another five years, it will really be drinking well. 2022-2050.|
|93||Vinous Media||(fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 17 months) Inky ruby. Deep-pitched, spice-accented dark berry and licorice aromas are lifted by a lively floral nuance. Supple and expansive in the mouth, offering densely packed blackberry, bitter chocolate and floral pastille flavors plus hints of spicecake and vanilla. The impressively long, seamless, dark-fruit-driven finish features fine-grained tannins and an echo of candied flowers.|
|92||The Wine Enthusiast||A bold, smoky nose of black fruits and toasty oak is aggressive and unsettled. This is deep, chewy and severely tannic, with a sandpaper sensation to the mouthfeel. Spiced-up cassis and berry flavors come with earth and tobacco notes. On the finish, this is powerful and hard, with a note of fine cigar. Drink through 2028. Cellar Selection, July 2018|