Gran Elias Mora 2014 – DO. Toro
Gran Elias Mora is a very personal wine for winemaker Victoria Benavides. Every Christmas holiday, when the new vintage is safely in tank/barrel, the staff is on vacation and the winery is quiet she tastes through the previous vintage’s barrels. Gran Elias Mora is produced from a selection of those barrels, sourced from 80 year old vines, which show specific a unique character; density, freshness, ability to age further in the barrel (as the wine now has only 12 months of oak exposure). The selected wine is aged for a further 5 months in barrel prior to blending and bottling.
Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro, from the single, 80-year-old Senda del Lobo “Wolf’s Path” vineyard. Hand harvested, at the end of September with very low yields of 15hl/ha. The whole berries undergo a 3 day cold soak, 12 fermentation with skins and then aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, 100% new.
Reviews: Espresso, liquorice and smoky notes frame black cherry, currant and sanguine flavours in this firm red. Shows good density, with enough acidity to stay lively. A sleeping giant. Best from 2021 through 2035. 750 cases made (we have 4), 125 cases imported 92 Points Wine Spectator; October 2020