Grapes: 90% Tinta de Toro, 10% Garnacha
The grapes for Prima are sourced from vines between 10 and 35 years of age from the villages of San Roman de Hornija, Villaster, Morales de Toro and Villafranca de Duero. The vineyards for this wine are growing in sandy-clay soils with gravelly subsoils as opposed to the stonier soils of fruit sourced for San Roman. Vineyards are trained both en vaso and to wire. The young estate vines were planted at higher density.
The grapes are harvested by hand with a selection of grapes in the vineyard. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled, conical, stainless steel tanks which allow for caps to naturally be broken very softly during pump overs. The wine was aged for 14 months in second and third fill French and American oak barrels, which had previously been used for the maturation of San Roman.
Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of dried cherry, cassis, lavender and smoked meat, with a hint of pipe tobacco in the background. Chewy and focused on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of gaminess. The smoke and cherry notes repeat on the long, youthfully tannic finish. This wine was aged for a year in used French and American oak barriques. 2019 – 2022 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
The Wine Advocate
The 2013 Prima was bottled in May 2015, and is a blend of Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) and 10% Garnacha with a little bit of white Malvasía. The wine matured, part in used barrique and part in oak vats, in order to keep the fruit. 2013 was a cooler vintage, which in Toro produced a slow ripening of the grapes. Bright ruby-colored, the nose is cooler, earthy and showing fresh herbal aromas with red fruit and more mineral notes as it opens up in the glass, where graphite, peat and some notes made me think of a classical wine from Bordeaux. The palate is medium-bodied, with very fine tannins and good acidity; it is very elegant, balanced, fresh and easy to drink. 175,000 bottles were produced. Issue 221, October 2015
This thick red delivers plum, coffee, loamy and licorice flavors, with solid tannins and muted acidity. Dense and muscular, in a rustic style. Drink now through 2023. August 31, 2016