2013 Bodegas Teso La Monja ‘Victorino’

2013 Bodegas Teso La Monja ‘Victorino’

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

2013 Bodegas Teso La Monja ‘Victorino’

On Sale: $44.94  (was: $64.94)*

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No Spanish region has taken off quite like Toro has over the past two decades, and few deserve as much credit for launching it as Marcos and Miguel Eguren. From their family winery in Rioja (Sierra Cantabria) the Egurens put Toro on the map with the smash hit Numanthia-Termes, and their latest small production project, Teso La Monja, proves they are in Toro for the long haul. The ‘Victorino’ is an incredible old vine Tempranillo and today’s 2013 is a terrific, cool vintage release available for 30% off and the best price around!

From ungrafted vines ranging from 70-100 years old, the ‘Victorino’ is both classic Toro with its raw power and depth, but also remarkably fresh and elegant, especially in this vintage. With its sandy soils, ungrafted old vines, and warm weather, Toro was a sleeping giant for years. Now the Eguren brothers have sought out high altitude, old-vine vineyards to create fresh, vibrant wines that “show balance and no excesses” (Wine Advocate).

2013 was a classic, cool vintage in Toro, with moderate alcohol levels and terrific freshness, and at seven years on, the ‘Victorino’ is in a perfect spot. This vintage is when Bodegas Teso La Monja really hit its stride, making wines that are “powerful, faithful to the style of the place, but also searching for elegance” (Wine Advocate). At 30% off and an unbeatable price, this will not stay in stock for long!

94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "...This is one of the freshest wines from the collection I tasted, a cuvée with less oak and great freshness, and therefore very good balance. Marcos Eguren agrees that 2013 is a very good and cold vintage in Toro, which resulted in wines that took some time to integrate tannins and acidity, but that have a little less alcohol and very good overall balance. The tannins are fine-grained, firm and fine, giving the wine good nerve. An elegant Toro within the natural power of the zone..." - Luis Gutierrez

93 points, Vinous: Inky purple. Explosive black and blue fruit preserves, incense and vanilla on the nose, plus suggestions of smoky minerals, licorice and candied violet. Deeply concentrated and seamless, offering appealingly sweet blueberry, mocha and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity and a jolt of peppery spices. Finishes with strong thrust and supple shaping tannins..." - Josh Raynolds

93 points, Wine Enthusiast: "Dark, roasted aromas of blackberry, black coffee, cola and cassis lead to a tannic, pounding palate. Oak-rich flavors of toffee, mocha, chocolate and pepper sit on top of blackberry and cassis, while a toasty, concentrated, tannic finish sends this out the door. This is a monster wine with class; drink 2018–2028."

*Offer publication date January 21, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.


spain, toro