2013 Bodegas Teso La Monja Victorino

Year: 2013
Appellation: Toro
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"This red is plush yet dense, with ripe plum and currant fruit and toasty oak flavors that mingle over firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Powerful, in the modern style. Best from 2018 through 2028. 350 cases made. –TM " (WS)

"The 2013 Victorino was cropped from a rainy year from 35 hectares of head-pruned, ungrafted, organically farmed 70- to 100-year-old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Toro and Villabuena del Puente, planted on sandy soils rich in gravel and boulders with a clay subsoil with some limestone veins. They got 14 hectoliters per hectare in 2013 from grapes harvested on October 7, 8 and 11. The destemmed and crushed grapes were foot trodden during the eight days of fermentation with selected yeasts from their own vineyards. The post fermentative maceration lasted 21 days and the wine matured in brand new French barriques for 20 months, where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. During the élevage the wine was racked every four months. This is one of the freshest wines from the collection I tasted, a cuvée with less oak and great freshness, and therefore very good balance. Marcos Eguren agrees that 2013 is a very good and cold vintage in Toro, which resulted in wines that took some time to integrate tannins and acidity, but that have a little less alcohol and very good overall balance. The tannins are fine-grained, firm and fine, giving the wine good nerve. An elegant Toro within the natural power of the zone. The absence of rain in October, which is a constant in the region, could be responsible for the consistency across vintages there. This is the more approachable and drinkable wine from the collection today. 40,000 bottles produced." (WA)

"Inky purple. Explosive black and blue fruit preserves, incense and vanilla on the nose, plus suggestions of smoky minerals, licorice and candied violet. Deeply concentrated and seamless, offering appealingly sweet blueberry, mocha and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity and a jolt of peppery spices. Finishes with strong thrust and supple shaping tannins. This suave wine went through malolactic fermentation in new French oak casks and then was aged for 18 months in French barriques." (VM)

"Dense black fruit character, rich silky tannins and nice freshness. The finish of is really silky in the rather coarse Toro context. Drink now." (JS)

"Dark, roasted aromas of blackberry, black coffee, cola and cassis lead to a tannic, pounding palate. Oak-rich flavors of toffee, mocha, chocolate and pepper sit on top of blackberry and cassis, while a toasty, concentrated, tannic finish sends this out the door. This is a monster wine with class; drink 2018–2028." (WE)