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Teso La Monja Almiréz 2019

£22.25

The 2019 Almirez was produced with grapes from their 41.7 hectares of vines that are 15 to 65 years old. The destemmed grapes were foot trodden and fermented with yeasts selected from their own vineyards for 18 days. Malolactic was in barrel, and the wine matured for 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new and the rest second use. Despite the new oak, the wine is very fruit-driven and does not come through as oaky. It's floral, spicy and juicy, ripe without excess and with a velvety mouthfeel. This is approachable from early on, and even now, it has the silky tannins from 2019. It's less tannic than other vintages and has very good balance. There is more depth here, provided by the older vines, and there's more nuance too.

Drink 2021-2026 +. 92 Points"

Luis Gutierrez writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla Y Leon
Subregion: Toro
Vintage: 2019
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Starting to unwind
Drink With: Slow cooked pork ribs

Teso La Monja Almiréz is made from old, ungrafted Tinta De Toro (Tempranillo) vines grown at an altitude of 2,300 feet. Almiréz spends 14 months in 30% new French oak. 2019 was a year of good ripeness and soft tannins which made a lovely fruity and smooth Almirez.