You can expect Toro to be a dry, continental spot, with dramatic swings between day and night and minimal moisture. 2015 in particular was a year of little rainfall even for Toro, a year without significant frosts. Shoots arrived late, slow and uneven. A remarkable vintage with a warm summer, yield was particularly low, due in part to the cycle that began in the Spring and to the effects of the water deficit in the vineyards.
The resulting 2015 Prima, 85% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and 15% Garnacha from 15 to 50-year-old bush-trained vines, is expressive and succulent with red fruit in abundance. Vines rooted deep in the sandy clay soils, perched 750 metres above sea level, impart a lovely texture to this highly appealing wine. Vinified in small lots and aged for one year in oak, you’ll find a rich texture with fine, polished tannins. This is a wine of concentration without excess.
“The 2015 Prima was in tank and ready to be bottled. The 2015 is juicy and young but it soon opens up to reveal a fine wine. In this vintage they started using some 500-liter oak barrels for the aging, where the wines age slowly, which is something they like for a wine like this where they want to preserve the fruit. This meaty red will result in some 200,000 bottles.”
(88-90) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017