|95||Wine & Spirits Magazine||Toro’s hot and dry climate delivers wines with extremely concentrated, ripe flavors. Achieving balance is the challenge. Working with vines planted 70 years ago in Senda del Lobo, Mora has produced a tremendous wine that’s completely in equilibrium. The tannins have a certain softness that may come from the clay soils, even as their stature remains enormous – one of those bulls that every matador fears facing in the ruedo. The flavors of red and black fruit are mixed with notes of spice, herbs and soft mineral tones that bring seductive complexity. It fills the mouth, but also refreshes it with a vibrant acidity. Leave this wine for a decade in the cellar and then serve it with leg of lamb.|
|94||Vinous Media||(aged for two years in new French oak): Inky purple. Flamboyant aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, vanilla, Indian spices and dark chocolate, with a mineral flourish adding vivacity. Sweet, pliant and seamless on the palate, offering palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles, cola and mocha. Finishes with harmonious tannins and superb persistence, leaving sweet blueberry and lavender notes behind. This fruit was sourced from a plot of vines more than 70 years old, with the yield only around 15 hectoliters per hectare. 2020 – 2027|
|94||The Wine Enthusiast||Cool, alluring aromas of ripe blackberry and fine oak are complete and highly attractive. A deep palate offers excellent balance, while flavors of cassis, blackberry, oak and delicate spices finish with power, elegance, length and an overriding sense of high quality. Drink through 2028.
Editors' Choice September 2016
|93||Guia Penin||Guia Penin 2016|
|95||Wine Review Online||What a pleasure to find a high-end, current release wine from Spain that is in the market at a point in its development when it can be appreciated fully! This is a wine of great beauty and complexity, and one that collectors would be well advised to seek out, and yet its readiness to relish right now makes it a great option for those who don’t have cellars to buy to celebrate a special occasion. The fruit is 100% Tinta de Toro (a local strain of Tempranillo resulting from genetic mutation over time), sourced from the single, 80-year-old Senda del Lobo vineyard. It shows medium-plus body but no sense of heaviness and no hint of over-ripeness, with lovely accents of spices and faint hints of coffee beans, cured meat and pipe tobacco. There’s plenty of tannin to provide structure, but it is superbly fine in grain, resulting is very soft mouthfeel and a finish that is luxuriously long, without any foreshortening from astringency. Absolutely beautiful.
Michael Franz - December 1, 2020
|94||International Wine Report||The 2012 Toro 'Reserva' from Elias Mora was aged for 24 months in French oak prior to bottling. A brooding, glass staining wine, this begins with deep aromas of coffee grounds, eucalyptus, black cherry cordial and dark chocolate shavings. The palate is wonderfully balanced and smooth, showing moderate tannins. Black and blue fruits take shape in the glass supported by strong tension and notable weight. This marvelous wine is drinking incredibly well now but also has the potential for long-term cellaring.
|93||Vinous Media||(fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 17 months) Inky ruby. Deep-pitched, spice-accented dark berry and licorice aromas are lifted by a lively floral nuance. Supple and expansive in the mouth, offering densely packed blackberry, bitter chocolate and floral pastille flavors plus hints of spicecake and vanilla. The impressively long, seamless, dark-fruit-driven finish features fine-grained tannins and an echo of candied flowers.|
|92||The Wine Enthusiast||A bold, smoky nose of black fruits and toasty oak is aggressive and unsettled. This is deep, chewy and severely tannic, with a sandpaper sensation to the mouthfeel. Spiced-up cassis and berry flavors come with earth and tobacco notes. On the finish, this is powerful and hard, with a note of fine cigar. Drink through 2028. Cellar Selection, July 2018|
|96||Wine Review Online||So, you tell me: If a Spanish producer released two high-end wines, calling one “Gran Elias Mora” and the other “Elias Mora Reserva,” would you guess the first of the two was the more expensive flagship wine of the Bodega? If so, we’d both be wrong, having been habituated to ranking “Gran” above “Reserva” among Spanish wines. Either the producer has a rationale that escapes me, or maybe just a mischievous nature, but in any case, both wines are marvelous, and this one slightly my favorite of the two. This 2014 release is even better than the 2012, which I adored; this shows even more concentration and intensity, and though it is a bit less open for early enjoyment, it more than makes up for that with extraordinary aging potential (20+ years from now) based on physical density but also balanced acidity, tannin and oak. Sourced from the same single site as the “Gran” (the 80-year-old Senda del Lobo vineyard) but aged for 24 rather than 17 months in French oak, it combines exceptional depth of dark berry fruit flavor with very silky, fine-grained tannin that enables near-term enjoyment…even though this really deserves time in the cellar to blossom more fully. It shows no more oak than the “Gran” 2015, and the fruit seems slightly more restrained in terms of ripeness, but make no mistake — this is a big, powerful wine despite the fact that it is also graceful and beautifully proportioned. Sensational stuff.
Michael Franz – Jul 20, 2021 Today’s Featured Wine
|92+||View from the Cellar||The Reserva bottling from Elias Mora also hails solely from those eighty-five year-old vines in the Senda del Lobo vineyard. This wine is also aged entirely in new French oak barrels, for two years prior to bottling. The 2014 Reserva comes in listed at fifteen percent alcohol and offers up a deep, complex bouquet of sweet dark berries, saddle leather, woodsmoke, a superb base of chalky soil tones, cigar smoke, a touch of coffee grounds, garrigue, a hint of celery seed and a very well done foundation of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is broad-shouldered, full-bodied and powerful in profile, with a rock solid core of fruit, firm, chewy tannins and a long, complex and impressively balanced finish. Again, this really carries its octane very well, and though there is some sense of backend heat, it is quite modest and I foresee this wine aging long and well. 2030-2075.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021