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Dominio del Bendito El Primer Paso 2022

Dominio del Bendito El Primer Paso



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%

The wine

Fruit-forward, complex, seductive... a wine with a very good price-quality ratio and a perfect example of a fine Toro wine, characterful and authentic. This is El Primer Paso de Dominio del Bendito, a very appropriate name (as the ‘First Step’ into this Toro range) and one which we prefer to its former name (the ‘Roble’), with all its connotations of oak, especially because this winery does not barrel age to give aromatic nuances, a concept which Anthony Terryn is keen to avoid, but to enable slow maturing of the wine, so that it gains in complexity. A great idea.

This Primer Paso has just left the winery but it is ready to be enjoyed now - a great virtue of the Tinta de Toro grape variety when handled well. Intense fruit, explosive, shows off its vibrant character not only in the colour (lively, bright, intense, glycerine) but also on the nose and palate; the fruit is, at every stage, predominant (blackberries and blueberries), so there is no lack of complexity due to its density. It is a complex wine: those first aromas of fresh fruit and warm earth, lovely, evolve in the glass to give way to notes of oak ageing in very good measure (toasty nuances, coffee, spices, hazelnuts, liquorice) complemented by a subtle minerality and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Delicious.

Its excellent acidity and its noticeable but velvety tannins (extraordinary in a 2010!) allow the wine to caress the palate as well as show body and power on the palate, definitely full-bodied. Primer Paso de Dominio del Bendito is juicy, elegant, rounded - a serious wine with character. Don’t let its 15 per cent worry you, as you don’t notice it, and if you can get a few bottles to put away in the right conditions for a few years, then do so; you won’t regret it.

NOTE: We recommend decanting the wine half an hour beforehand so that it can display all its virtues to the full.

What does this wine taste like?

Purplish red / Intense / Violet glints
Blackberries / Blueberries / Toasty notes / Coffee / Liquorice
Good acidity / Expressive tannins / Velvety

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Ratings and awards

202192 PK
201990+ PK
201892 PK
201791 PK
201692 PK
201591 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2021 El Primer Paso matured in barrel for six months. It's creamy, lush and round, with an unbelievable 16% alcohol but still comes through as balanced, in an XL way. It has integrated oak; they are reducing the percentage of American oak to maybe 30%. It has notes of licorice and ripe berries, and it's easier to drink than you might think; it's ripe and hedonistic with a round and full-bodied palate with slightly dusty tannins. 59,285 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

10 reviews


Vinification materialWood
Ageing period6 months
Type of woodFrench and American oak


Vine ageBetween 15 and 45 years
SoilSand / Pebbles
Surface area28.00 hectares

The winery

Dominio del Bendito

Dominio del Bendito

Anthony Terryn is the owner, oenologist, vinegrower...quite the "be all and end all" at this small Toro winery where he makes wines with character, wines "with soul" as he likes to call them, wines which convey the personality of their origins. Since 2004, and now assisted by a small team, Terryn has focused all his efforts on caring for the raw material, Tinta de Toro variety grapevines which grow in small parcels of land on the exceptional Pago de la Jara estate. The majority...


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