San Roman 2013

Region: Toro D.O.

Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
Vintage: 2013
Color: Red

Mariano Garcia’s interest in Toro began in 1995, studying various terroirs with different mesoclimates and the characteristics and potential of the Tinta de Toro and Garnacha grape varieties. The purpose of these experiments was to get powerful yet elegant wines with subtle tannins and alcohol-acidity balance.


Publication Score Comments
View from the Cellar 92 The 2013 old vine bottling (sixty to ninety year-old vines) of San Román from Bodegas Maurodos was raised in fifty percent new oak, in a combination of American and French casks. This is entirely tempranillo, with the 2013 vintage coming in at the same 14.5 percent octane as last year’s fine example. As I mentioned in my note on the 2012 a year ago, this is a modernstyled wine that is done impeccably well, with a sense of aromatic precision that is pretty rare in wines at this level of ripeness. The bouquet offers up a nascently complex blend of black cherries, cassis, a touch of cigar smoke, balsamic tones, a good base of soil, gentle notes of garrigue and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and well-balanced, with a rock solid core, fine focus, firm, chewy tannins and very good length and grip on the slightly warm finish. As I mentioned in my note on the 2012 San Román, this is really a beautifully made wine that could clearly be even better to my palate if harvested just a touch less ripe. Why not trade just a touch more youthful structure for a wine of even greater complexity and breed? That said, the 2013 San Román from Bodegas Maurodos is really a fine example of the more modern style in Toro. 2021-2045+.
Jan/Feb 2017
Vinous 93 (aged for two years in 75 percent French and 25 percent American oak barrels, half of them new) Inky purple. Heady cherry, dark berry, vanilla and violet pastille qualities on the oak-accented nose. At once rich and energetic; a firm spine of acidity provides lift to sweet cassis, blueberry and vanilla flavors. Closes with youthful tannic grip and impressive persistence, leaving dark berry and licorice candy notes behind.
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January 2017 93 Very pretty aromas reminiscent of graphite, crushed blackberries and capuccino undertones that turn floral. Concentrated and fine-grained Toro with berry flavors. Plenty of wood, yet this is silky and attractive. Better to drink in 2018 but delicious now.
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The Wine Advocate 93 The 2013 San Román was produced with fruit from older vineyards in Toro. In 2012 they started reducing the amount of the new oak in this wine and the change is quite noticeable. There is something leafy and floral showing elegance within the power that the place provides naturally. 2013 was quite different in Toro from Ribera del Duero, here the cooler years are a plus, as they balance the extra ripeness the place provides. In 2013 there was no rain during the harvest and the grapes were very healthy. There are some fine tannins and the profile of a more austere and transparent vintage, a mineral year. But it does have the smokey and slightly wild character of Toro. 87,000 bottles produced. 2017 - 2022
Issue 229
March 1, 2107