Telmo Rodriguez, Spain

Pago La Jara Toro DO, 2012



Grape Varieties: Tempranillo

2012 was not as warm here as it was in Rioja, and the wine comes through as very balanced, somehow austere and with contained ripeness. This feels fresher than the 2011 I tasted last time, with very good balance, as if the year was a cooler one, and it helps to transmit a sense of harmony and elegance, which is the challenge in a place like Toro. The tannins are very fine, it's a little earthy, with good acidity; in a way it feels lighter, perhaps more ethereal than the Gago. It develops some subtle notes of licorice with time in the glass, and after that even some floral aromas, violets and dry rose petals. A serious Toro, with elegant rusticity, keeping the character.
Robert Parker: 95 points
James Suckling: 94 points
Guia Penin: 94 points