"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
Suggested Retail Price
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
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 (Peñin)
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93 Guia Penin Guia Penin 2019
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