Gran Elias Mora.
Tinto de Toro
Toro DO , Toro, Spain
- Tinto de Toro
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Victoria Benavides makes the rich, ripe and instantly appealing Elias Mora Semicrianza, and the powerful, raisiny, and caramel tinged Gran Elias Mora, from the Toro grape, Tinto de Toro. The advantage, she points out, of being the owner and winemaker is that she can take risks such as leaving the grapes that bit longer on the vine to ensure the flavours and ripeness are just as she wants.
Her approach to her wine is like that of a cook-the flavours are not always identical every time, and the use of oak depends on the results of each vintage. The wines are made from 100% free standing, very old Tinta de Toro bushes that grow on sandy soils covered with rocks.
The winery is named after Elias Mora, the man who owned some of the core vineyards for the production of the Victoria’s red wine. A few years ago, he sold his vineyard to Dos Victorias on the condition that he tend the vineyard until his death.
"This is a very fine wine produced by one of Spain's leading female winemakers....Victoria Benevides has lavished the kind of time, effort, expertise and money previously only seen in Rioja or Ribera. The result is a wine of immense depth, blockbuster power and smouldering ripeness and spice."
"...a fabulously big red wine from Spain's Toro region. The fruit comes from ancient and incredibly low-yielding Tinto do Toro vines (that's the local name for Tempranillo). The wines of Toro are sometimes a bit jammy and 'cooked' in style, but this example is exceptionally well made."
"This red has an iron grip now, but there's impressive concentration, and once the tannins release, it shows rich cassis, coffee, anise and tar notes that unfold on the finish. Great density and balance. Best after 29. Only 83 cases made."
"Tightly wound, layered, moderately tannic and oozing excellence, this is a fantastic high-end Toro. The minerally, toasty aroma of blackberry is stylish and shows a balsamic note. Flavors of licorice, sweet balsamic vinegar, chocolate and toasty blackberry continue on a long, deep, complex finish"
Bodegas Elias Mora
Situated between the Duero and Hornija rivers, the soil is comprised of large pebbles over a bed of Pliocene limestone, which is low in organic content. The extreme continental climate compounded with the scarcity of rainfall (400 mm /year) improves the quality of the Tinta de Toro grape.