"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
Toro D.O.
100% Tinta de Toro from 40-year-old, north-oriented vineyards
700-725 meters / sandy clay with abundant large stones
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested by an estate-employed team, picked for freshness and red-fruit character
Whole berries undergo a 1-2 day cold soak, 7 day fermentation with skins, malo-lactic conversion in stainless steel tanks
Aged for 12 months in new and used French oak barrels
Wine Name
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
92 (VM) 90 (VfC)
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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.
90 View from the Cellar The Descarte bottling from Bodegas Elias Mora hails from a single vineyard that has a northern exposition and consequently retains better acidity in the warm Toro growing seasons. The vines here are forty years of age and the vineyard is planted entirely to Tempranillo. The wine spends twelve months aging in French casks and the 2014 comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol. The bouquet is deep, ripe and vibrant, offering up scents of black cherries, a touch of boysenberry, coffee grounds, gentle balsamic tones, cedar and a spicy topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, plush and full-bodied, with its octane pretty well-managed. There is excellent depth in the mid-palate, ripe, fairly well-integrated tannins and very good length and grip on the slightly warm finish. The wood tannins become a touch more prominent as this wine opens up with air, but today, I like the balance on the 2014 version better than the 2013. 2017-2035.
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