The 2016 vintage of this Spanish red wine from Toro was a very good one. After one of the rainiest winters in the last decades, consistently high temperatures during the summer lead to a harvest that took place throughout September.
The grapes come from medium-aged vineyards, most of which were planted in 1977. They grow in sandy and rocky soils under a continental climate, with great temperature differences between daytime and nighttime.
Harvested and vinified separately depending on the characteristics of the plots, the grapes were destemmed and fermented at a low temperature in different types of containers.
Macerated with the skins, the resulting wine must was gently drawn off and transferred into French and American oak barrels, only 20% new. This Tinta de Toro was then aged for 24 months, and clarified with egg whites before its bottling in late January 2019. Before its release, it spent a further 6 months in the cellar.
Decant San Román 2016 at least 1 hour before drinking. This is a wine that will grow over time.
Around 100,000 bottles produced.
The wine San Román has a seductive, clean, high cherry-coloured robe with a purple rim.
Delightfully harmonious, this Tinta de Toro suggests notes of juicy black fruit, a panoply of oriental spices, enchanting floral touches, hints of toffee and cinnamon, along with a mineral background and some forest-like sensations.
Bold and robust, this red wine from Toro is extremely gentle as well. This is, by the way, the crucial feature of the best wines from Toro: the combination of the big structure of the grape, together with a delicacy one would never expect in such brawny wines. Loads of black fruit, wonderful mineral notes and ripe tannins. Texture is silky and acidity is no less than extraordinary. This wine from Bodegas San Román has a long, persistent finish with some spicy, fruity remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Deep, age-worthy and opulent, San Román 2016 will considerably improve in the bottle over the next years.
San Román 2015:
Enterwine 94. Parker 93.
San Román 2014:
Enterwine 95. Parker 94. Peñín 94.
San Román 2013:
Enterwine 95. Parker 93. Peñín 93.
San Román 2012:
Parker 94. Peñín 93. Wine Spectator 95.
San Román 2011:
Parker 92. Peñín 94.
San Román 2010:
San Román 2009:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour 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 and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||No|
|Mono-Varietal||Tinta de Toro|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
The 2015 vintage may not be as outstanding as the 2012 and 2013 ones. However, this is a wine which time considerably modifies, so I will store a couple of bottles in my home celler to see what happens...
A true discovery. Balance, poise and texture. Remarkably deep. It will age very well.