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Teso La Monja Victorino 2010

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Teso La Monja Victorino 2010 is a black cherry red with a purple rim. An aromatic and intense nose, with myriad notes of wild black fruits (blueberries and blackberries), flowers, herbs, dark chocolate, balsam, pencil lead, cigar ash and sweet baking spices. Powerful, juicy, structured and very concentrated on the palate. Sweetly fruited, with liquorice, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, forest floor and aromatic wood flavours. Very long on the finish with an elemental and mineral aftertaste.

  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Castilla Y Leon
  • Subregion: Toro
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Variety: Tempranillo
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Style: Big and complex
  • Drink With: Roasted morcilla with herb sauce

Teso La Monja Victorino is named after Victorino Eguren Ugarte, who established the family winery with his brother Guillermo in Rioja in 1957. The grapes are individually selected before being fermented and then matured in 100% new French oak. Winemaker Marcos Eguren is a master of the modern style, and given that Toro is seen as the new face of "classic" Spanish red wine this is very much in keeping with that tradition.

Neal Martin writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

The 2010 Teso La Monja Victorino is tightly wound on the nose with black cherries, iodine and violets, almost Margaux-like in character. The palate is medium-bodied and already offers good fruit intensity, offering cassis, tart cherries and a touch of blueberry. It shows good weight in the mouth with a lifted, spicy finish that has a touch of welcome volatility lending it edginess and tension. Drink 2015-2025. 93 Points

About the grower

Teso La Monja is the Eguren family's newest estate in the Toro region. Although based at Sierra Cantabria in La Rioja, the Eguren family fell in love with this land more than 15 years ago, seduced by the landscape, by its ancient vines and by the depth and complexity of its wines.

This is the second time that the Eguren family has invested in the Toro region. Marcos and Miguel Eguren founded Numanthia-Termes, their original Toro estate, in 1998, and then created Teso La Monja in 2007 after selling it to LVMH. Their love for Toro remained undimmed, but Teso La Monja was born with a different approach. The deep roots of its old vine Tinta De Toro (Tempranillo) vines translate the pure minerality of the soil into powerful yet elegant red wines.

The vineyards have an average age of 50 years old, but some are ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines that are around 130 years old. Planted on north-facing, loam and gravel soils, this allows for longer growing periods to achieve rich yet balanced wines which transmit the maximum potential of the soils’ minerality. The Egurens practice the same sustainable agriculture methods used by their predecessors to preserve the natural balance of the vineyard and they work according to the cycles and biorhythms of the vines.

The restrained and beautiful architecture of the Teso La Monja winery perfectly links a state-of-the-art vision of winemaking with the experience, heritage and know-how passed down from father to son.