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Alabaster 2016

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€131.85

Alabaster 2016

Characteristics

  • Crianza. 18 Months in French oak barrels
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 14.5

Score

ñ 97
Peñín Score 97
95
Enterwine Score 95
96
Media rating 96

Availability: In stock

€131.85
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Details

Owned by the Eguren family, the Teso La Monja winery from Toro has gained increasing international prestige thanks to the production of world-class wines such as this Alabaster.

This one-of-a-kind Spanish red wine is made from pre-phylloxeric, over 100-year-old Tinta de Toro vines.

Comitted to environmentally friendly agricultural practices, and followers of the principles of byodinamic farming, winemaker Marcos Eguren and his team used no herbicides or pesticides during the production of this wine.

Harvested by hand, the grapes went through an exacting selection process in order to preserve only the absolute best of them. The "surviving" grapes were cold-soaked for 14 days, after which this red wine from Toro was fermented in open vats.

Crushed by foot, the juice was gently pumped over the top of the skin cap several times during the process. Then Alabaster 2016 was transferred into new French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 18 months.

We stongly recommend that you decant this Crianza red wine for a minimum of 2 hours before you drink it.

Production around 4,000 bottles.

Additional Information

Appearance

The Spanish red wine Alabaster has a high, violet-coloured robe with some bluish, indigo notes unique to Toro wines.

Nose

Incredibly rich on the nose, this red wine from Toro suggests the purest aromas of black fruit over a background of wet earth and violets, with hints of menthol, Moroccan leather, cedar, vanilla, incense, black truffles and some mineral and earthy undertones. Makes one's head -and nose- spin!

Palate

Big-boned and full-bodied, this is one of the best expressions of Tinta de Toro available on the market. Wooden sensations, pristine flavours of blackberries and crème de cassis, delicate notes of blue and red flowers, deep mineral undertones, some chewy tannins, and a great acidity to sustain its hefty structure. Alabaster from Teso La Monja has certainly left us in awe.

Our personal opinion

Regal and bold, but also deep and elegant. Alabaster 2016 is a wine for demanding drinkers. Significant ageing potential.

OTHER VINTAGES

Alabaster 2014:

Enterwine 95. Peñín 97. Parker 93+.

Alabaster 2011:

Parker 95. Peñín 97. Enterwine 96.

Alabaster 2010:

Parker 95. Peñín 95. The Wine Enthusiast 95.

Alabaster 2009:

Peñín 96. Wine Spectator 95. Wine Enthusiast 94. Parker 94.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Toro
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17ºC
Should this wine be decanted? Two hours before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 18
Parker Score No
Peñin Score 97
Our Score 95
Media rating 96
Other guides Decanter 97. J. Suckling 94.
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal Tinta de Toro
Percentage of variety No
Pairings Aged cheeses, Civet, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs
Taste Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner
  1. Alabaster review by KFC on 11/17/2017
    Value

    This is not a cheap wine, that's for sure. However, underneath the arches there is a marvel of elegance and subtlety. Quite impressive, considering that it will reach its peak in 5-7 years.

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