Grapes: 85% Tinta de Toro, 15% Garnacha
The grapes for Prima are sourced from vines between 10 and 50 years of age. The vineyards for this wine are growing in sandy-clay soils with gravelly subsoils. Vineyards are trained both en vaso and to wire. The younger estate vines were planted at higher density than existing plantings.
This 2014 vintage is uniformed in quantity and quality with balanced phenolic ripeness, aromatic intensity, precise fruit, smooth tannins and well measured aging. Winter was relatively warm, with below average rainfall and rapid bud break. Early flowering in the beginning in June due to a frost-free Spring. Veraison came early and harvesting started September 8th. Harvesting took place for four weeks with perfect weather conditions and occasional storms refreshing the grapes, which had no impact on the health of the fruit.
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 12 months in French and American oak barrels of different ages. Bottled in February 2016.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 vintage of Prima Tinto from Bodegas Maurodos has a touch more Garnacha in the blend this year than was the case in 2013, with the cépages in 2014 fifteen percent Garnacha and eighty-five percent Tempranillo. The wine is more black fruity in personality than the Elias Mora Toro, despite including Garnacha, as it wafts from the glass in a ripe blend of black cherries, gentle balsamic tones, a nice base of soil tones, hung game, lovely spice tones and a touch of dried eucalyptus in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with moderate tannins, good focus and balance and a long, gently heady finish. This is 14.5 percent alcohol, but handles its octane very nicely and seems more refined on the palate than the 2013 version did a year ago. This is a very good bottle of Toro and a fine value. 2017-2030+. Jan/Feb 2017
(aged for a year in French and American oak barrels, a tiny percentage of them new) Opaque ruby. Ripe blue fruit, cola and floral oil scents pick up notes of licorice and allspice as the wine opens up. Fleshy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors enlivened by a spicy nuance. Turns sweeter with air and repeats the floral note on the gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity. 2020-2026 New Releases from Spain Part 1
Lots of grape-skin character with hints of licorice and hot stones. Concentrated and rich, yet there's an underlying freshness. Polished tannins...Drink now. Galicia, Canary Islands lead the charge on Spain’s bright future
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Wine Advocate
The entry-level 2014 Prima is a blend of Tinta de Toro, 10% Garnacha and a little bit of white Malvasía. It matured in used barrique and oak vats to keep the fruit. 2014 is a cooler vintage, from a very balanced year and the wines show more freshness. This Prima keeps the primary fruit and feels young, but it has good depth and a very pleasant mouthfeel. Some 200,000 bottles were produced. Issue 229
March 1, 2017