Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
2010 was a classic vintage with hot days and cold nights during the summer. Winter rains set healthy water reserves for the vines.
The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. They are located about 30m higher in altitude and offer more sand than the vineyards used for Elias Mora. Yields are lower as well, around 20hl/ha. Grapes were hand harvested and sorted again at the winery prior to processing.
Grapes saw a 3 day cold-soak followed by alcoholic (12 days) and ML (21 days) in small stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in 50% second-fill American and 50% French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling.
The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Elias Mora Crianza comes from parcels of 40-year-old vines from around the winery in San Roman. It is aged for 12 months in second fill American barrels and French oak. The bouquet is tightly wound with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a hint of dried honey lending it a little more opulence. The palate is very well-balanced and expressive, with fine tannins and plenty of mineral-rich fruit laced with black pepper and cedar. This is one of the best wines from Elias Moras, full of vigor and joie de vivre followed by a long, persistent finish. Drink 2014-2019. Issue 206, April 2013
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, blackberry and musky herbs, with a sexy potpourri nuance building with air. Juicy, concentrated and expansive, offering smoky cherry, mocha and licorice flavors and a hint of woodsmoke. Dusty tannins give shape to the clinging, smoky, very long finish. Issue 170, Sept/Oct 2013
Plum and currant flavors are ripe yet fresh in this firm red. Tar, licorice notes impart a savory element. The tannins are muscular and grippy, giving way to a sanguine finish. Decant. Best from 2016 through 2025. 3,750 cases made. Issue 3911 March 31, 2015