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Prima 2018

Prima

2018
92
PARKER

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%
Production200,000 bottles

The wine

Prima is like nectar concocted from cherries and red and black fruits. Lively and densely coloured, and fresh on the nose, it has a vibrant character, a touch of the Mediterranean, which is surely due to that small amount of Garnacha.

The goblet-trained vines range between 20 and 50 years old and grow in sandy soils over clay which retains plentiful and necessary moisture. After the harvest, the grapes ferment with local yeasts in 12,500 litre stainless steel tanks and the resulting wine is stood to age in oak barrels and foudres for 14 months.

Prima is intense, warm and liqueur-like but also very accessible. Plentiful tannins fill the mouth but, far from being an aggressive drink, it is an aromatic, juicy and even floral wine. A splendid example of a creamy and modern Toro wine, one of those wines which expresses the good points of the region but without going back to the excesses of previous times. A relatively transparent colour in the glass makes it easy to see that the winery has sought to create a stylized wine with a succulent palate rather than a powerful one. As a good Toro wine should, it lingers in the mouth for minutes after every sip but also has hints of cherries in liqueur and undergrowth, and its oak tannins are polished and well-integrated thanks to a year laid down in the bottle. Fine lactic touches round off an elegantly rough, almost earthy, mouth where resinous aromas of woodland, bay leaves, and dry thyme delight us with each sip we take.

It couldn't be any other way, a modern wine, rich in fruit, from the hand of a master, Mariano García.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
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Garnet / Opaque
Bouquet
Fragrant / Fruit aromas / Black fruits / Cherries / Blackberries / Toasty notes / Spicy notes
Mouth
Ageing notes / Well-integrated wood / Structured / Fruit-forward

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

entrantes
Starters
aperitivos
Appetizers
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats

Pork, Chicken, Meats with creamy sauces, To enjoy on its own

Winery's evaluation of the vintage

2018 was a cool and rainy year with a good harvest. Buds appeared late on the vines but a quick flowering was followed by an excellent fruit set. The grapes ripened unhurriedly ensuring a rich and well-structured fruit. These conditions plus the splendid blending of red Grenache and other varieties gave this vintage of Prima a particularly rounded character. On tasting, it leaves us in no doubt that it is clearly a classic Toro wine.

Ratings and awards

201892 PK
201791 PK
201691 PK
201490 PK
201390 PK
200990 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The entry-level red is the 2018 Prima, and it's from a cool and rainy year that delivered a good crop and was picked from September 12th. It's a blend of Tinta de Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo) and 15% Garnacha and other varieties, and it fermented in 12,500-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels and foudres for 14 months. It's creamy but has more integrated oak, as they now don't use any 225-liter barrels anymore. This has an approachable profile that is aromatic and floral, and it's juicy and has a succulent palate. It's fruit-driven and polished by one year in bottle. This has to be one of the finest Primas to date. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 92 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.4/5
27 reviews
Vintage:

Wine making

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing periodBetween 12 and 14 months
Barrel ageNew and sused
Type of woodFrench and american oak

Vineyards

Vine ageBetween 20 and 50 years
SoilSand / Clay
ClimateContinental

The winery

San Román Bodegas y Viñedos

San Román Bodegas y Viñedos

Bodegas San Román (Maurodos) is, to put it another way, Bodegas Mauro in the Toro denomination. Mariano García (Bodegas Mauro, Aalto) started this project in 1995, with vineyards of mainly Tinta de Toro grapes (90%) but also Garnacha, in Pedrosa del Rey, Villaester and San Román de Hornija. NOTE: The vineyards with which Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos work, both their own and those of collaborating winegrowers, have organic certification . However, even...

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