This wine is a gift from a magnificent vintage in Toro, when a cold, rainy spring with occasional frost slowed the growth cycle. Vineyard crews used a heady hand to prune back spring growth to lighten production and ensure full fruit maturation. Veraison came late at the end of a stretch of cool summer nights. A long harvest stretched from September to early October.
The San Roman combines power and elegance, civilized tannins and a dense mouthfeel of vibrant dark fruit. Thoughtful winemaking pursued a light hand in the cellar, with minimal intervention or stabilization to ensure maximum respect for the grape and land. This is an intriguing wine with a very expressive nose, pronounced mineral character, balsamic aromas, and notes of graphite. Broad, succulent, great freshness and persistence.
“Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos (San Roman) is one of the leading lights of Toro. Founded in 1997 by former Vega Sicilia winemaker Mariano Garcia Fernandez, they own 60 hectares of vineyard in San Roman de Villaester and Hornija, mainly planted with Tinta de Toro and Garnacha, the average age of vines around 35 years interpolated with vines on un-grafted rootstock. The oak aging here is very prudent, with around 20% renewed each year, both French and American. The present winemaker is Mariano’s son Eduardo Garcia Montana, who trained in Bordeaux and Burgundy among other regions. These exceptional wines were suffused with personality, purity, a life-affirming sense of ‘controlled opulence’ that, to be frank, put many a more expensive Toro wine in its shade.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2013
“The 2013 San Román was produced with fruit from older vineyards in Toro. In 2012 they started reducing the amount of the new oak in this wine and the change is quite noticeable. There is something leafy and floral showing elegance within the power that the place provides naturally. 2013 was quite different in Toro from Ribera del Duero, here the cooler years are a plus, as they balance the extra ripeness the place provides. In 2013 there was no rain during the harvest and the grapes were very healthy. There are some fine tannins and the profile of a more austere and transparent vintage, a mineral year. But it does have the smokey and slightly wild character of Toro.”
93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017