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 (Decanter) 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 Decanter Magazine Red liquorice, salty minerality and tobacco leaves blended with plums and prunes on the palate. Grippy tannins and bright acidity help to create an overall impression of poise and precision. Drink 2019-2030
Discover Toro, March 2019
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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.
May 2017
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Descarte 2015
93 (WRO) 93 (Peñin) 92 (WS) 91 (VfC)
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93 Wine Review Online This wine shows its cards from the outset, which is a bad pun based on the label’s design, but a true account of how it presents itself to the eye, nose and palate. Very deeply pigmented and quite apparently rich and viscous in its physical appearance when swirled, it is evidently formidable juice. The pleasant surprise is that it doesn’t show all of its cards at first blush, as the oak in this 2015 release is actually more reserved and reticent than in this Bodega’s 2016 Crianza, seeming more French than American, and more sweet than toasty. In any case, the result is a completely alluring wine, with succulent fruit notes predominant in the bouquet, showing quite full ripeness as one would expect from this quite warm vintage, but no raisiny or over-ripe notes. The flavors are again all about lavish fruit, with impressive density but no excess weight, as there’s enough acidity to provide focus and energy. There’s also plenty of tannin, but it is swaddled in so much plushy fruit that the wine shows no hard edges, even though it is sufficiently structured to develop over the course of at least 6 – 8 years, during which time it will become even more interesting as tertiary notes from bottle age add savory notes to the lovely core of fruit. Deal me in.
Michael Franz - August 18, 2020
93 Guia Penin Guia Penin 2019
92 Wine Spectator Cocoa, toasty and licorice notes frame a core of plum and currant flavors in this firm, structured red. Muscular tannins need time to soften, but this shows depth and intensity overall. Best from 2021 through 2031. 833 cases made, 300 cases imported. - TM
October 2020
91 View from the Cellar The 2015 Descarte from Elias Mora is composed entirely of tempranillo, from a forty year-old vineyard that faces north and sits at seven hundred meters above sea level. The is aged for one year in a combination of new and older oak casks prior to bottling and the 2015 version comes in tipping the scales at 14.5 percent octane. The wine delivers a ripe and generous bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, coffee grounds, cigar smoke and a bit of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush on the attack, with a rock solid core, suave, buried tannins and very good length and grip on the impressively well-balanced finish. This carries its alcohol beautifully and is quite cool in the backend. Good juice in that riper and plusher style. 2020-2040.
Issue # 85 - January/February 2020
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