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Victorino 2021

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Victorino is an iconic wine, one of those that breaks the mould and draws new horizons for Spanish wine. In present times, producing an elegant wine is no easy feat; there are some powerful wines around, but how many powerful as well as elegant wines spring to mind? That's exactly where Victorino scores most highly, on balance; it has it all: plenty of powerfulness, yes, but a huge amount of elegance too.

The grapes used in its production originate from 35 hectares of ungrafted vineyards which are between 70 and 100 years old, cultivated under the precepts of organic agriculture in the towns of Toro, Villabuena del Puente and Valdefinjas. In their sandy soils, impenetrable for phylloxera, there's a mix of both gravel and pebbles offering excellent drainage; in the subsoil it's the clay, combined with some seams of limestone, that takes care of the water reserves.

Once harvested, the fruit is taken to the winery to be destalked and pressed. Fermentation takes place by means of yeasts picked up from the actual vineyard and the post-fermentation maceration lasts for about 20 days, aiming for a substantial extraction. The wine undergoes not only malolactic fermentation but also subsequent ageing in new French oak barrels, whose spicy aromas are elegantly incorporated.

Behind the cork of every bottle of Victorino surges black fruit, mature and concentrated, as befits a great Zamora red. Its palate is generous and profound, rugged and juicy at the same time, having fine-grained tannins with a coating of jam and liquorice. It conveys an earthy sensation, of graphite and sand, along with an intense fruitiness that brings to mind cherries and very ripe black plums. The woody and spicy balsamic hints are obvious, but always come through from behind the omnipresent fruit. A vibrant acidity successfully keeps the whole ensemble alive and catapults it to levels of excitement reserved only for the most select of wines.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Ratings and awards

202094 PK
201993 PK93 SK
201894 PK96 PN
201793+ PK
201693 PK
201593 PK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2020 Victorino has a little less alcohol than its siblings, 14.58%, and a little more freshness and acidity. It was produced with grapes from 35 hectares of old vines in La Jara and El Palo (Toro), El Rosal and El Risco en Villabuena del Puente and in Valdefinjas. It matured in new French oak barrels for 20 months. The toasted aromas from the barrels are still quite noticeable, but it's not overpowering and the oak gives the wine spiciness and creaminess. This is textured and balanced, with a mellow mouthfeel and abundant, slightly dusty and chalky tannins. This is reminiscent of the 2018, a year with abundant rains and larger bunches. Give it some more time in bottle to achieve a better integration of the oak and the polishing of the tannins. 44,800 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 94 PARKER

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The winery

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Teso La Monja

The Eguren family, originally from La Rioja, discovered Toro and has stayed with it, persuaded by the land’s potential and by the Tinta de Toro, a grape with great structure, able to convey the minerality of the soils but with a strong character that needs understanding and “taming”. Marcos Eguren understands it perfectly and proved this with the wines of his first project in the region, Numanthia Termes, powerful wines, always subtle and elegant. Teso La...

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