Descarte

"Black Berry fruit concentration that comes from our north side vineyards. The 12 months ageing in French oak barrels gives the wine special muscular feel." —
Victoria Benavides, winemaker
Appellation
Toro D.O.
Grape(s)
100% Tinta de Toro from 40-year-old, north-oriented vineyards
Altitude/Soil
700-725 meters / sandy clay with abundant large stones
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Harvest
Hand harvested by an estate-employed team, picked for freshness and red-fruit character
Production
Whole berries undergo a 1-2 day cold soak, 7 day fermentation with skins, malo-lactic conversion in stainless steel tanks
Aging
Aged for 12 months in new and used French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
$65
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Descarte 2013
91 (VM)
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91 Vinous Media (aged for a year in new and used French oak barrels): Opaque ruby. Fresh red berries, allspice and a touch of cola on the fragrant nose. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors unfold slowly, picking up a smoky element on the back half. The raspberry and spice qualities cling on a very long, focused, subtly tannic finish. This fruit came from a single north-facing vineyard of 40-year-old vines that produced roughly 20 hectoliters per hectare in 2013. 2018 – 2022
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Descarte 2014
94 (WE) 94 (WS) 93 (W&S) 92 (VM)
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94 The Wine Enthusiast Descarte is a new wine from one of Toro’s top producers, offering precise aromas of blackberry and cassis.The tight palate is ripped with tannic power—something that’s normal for the region—and offers chocolaty black-fruit flavors that are toasty and spicy, with a dry, peppery and tannic finish that lingers. Drink through 2026.
Editors’ Choice; May 2018
94 Wine Spectator Plum, currant, cocoa, clove and mineral flavors weave through this dense red. Well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity confer power and focus. Not showy, but harmonious and deep. Drink now through 2029.
Oct 15, 2018 Issue
93 Wine & Spirits Magazine Although winemaker Victoria Benavides selects the grapes for this wine from a vineyard with a relatively cool northern exposure, the 2014 is still marked by Toro’s sunny heat. Rich in Mediterranean spice and a powerful layer of black fruits, this is a classic Toro to go with a succulent oxtail stew. It has depth, wild tannins and, above all, a lush, fruity side that needs five years in the bottle.
June 2018
92 Vinous Media (fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for a year) Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, candied violet and vanilla, backed by a hint of incense. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet, oak-spiced boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of cola. Closes with supple, sneaky tannins and excellent persistence, leaving behind sappy dark fruit, mocha and spicecake notes.
May 2017
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