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.
The Spanish red wine Alabaster has a high, violet-coloured robe with some bluish, indigo notes unique to Toro wines.
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!
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.
Enterwine 95. Peñín 97. Parker 93+.
Parker 95. Peñín 97. Enterwine 96.
Parker 95. Peñín 95. The Wine Enthusiast 95.
Peñín 96. Wine Spectator 95. Wine Enthusiast 94. Parker 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|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|
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.