2014 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez

Year: 2014
Appellation: Toro
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
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"This rich red is plush yet graceful, delivering expressive flavors of raspberry, cherry, cola and toast, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Big yet balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made. –TM " (WS)

"More expensive is their 2014 Almirez, which spends much longer time in oak and comes from vines 15-65 years old in slightly higher elevations. I didn’t see much difference in this wine from its less-expensive sibling, although this one had more grilled meat and almost Provençal, Châteauneuf Du Pape-like blood characteristics, with blackberry and cassis, full body and a long, lusty finish. Some licorice also makes an appearance in this impressively constituted wine. Drink it over the next decade.

Here are two terrific efforts from the moderately sized appellation of Toro. These are big, flavorful, pedal-to-the-metal style of dry red wines, both made from 100% Tinto de Toro. The Romanico is aged six months in used French oak and the Almirez partially fermented in barrel and aged for 14 months prior to bottling." (WA)

"(all de-stemmed grapes; fermented in open-top oak tanks, with malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging in new French oak barriques) Lurid ruby. Fragrant, oak-spiced cherry and dark berries on the nose, along with suggestions of game, vanilla and woodsmoke. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated cherry, blueberry and spicecake flavors that stretch out and become sweeter on the back half. In a rich yet lively style, finishing with powerful, spicy thrust and smooth framing tannins." (VM)

"This open-knit, yet chunky Toro features sweet, oaky aromas of plastic, mocha and baked plum. Concentrated and creamy on the palate, it tastes of chocolate, vanilla and savory blackberry. Full, chunky and bold but balanced on the finish; drink through 2023." (WE)


This full bodied red is produced a 100% from the Tinto de Toro grape, which is the local name for Tempranillo and comes from 15 to 65 years old vines. To me the wine resembles the richest style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape with its bold characteristics and aromas and tastes of ripe dark berries, especially currants and its long on the palate finish.

This is the premium wine produced from the winery of Almirez and is fermented in new and used French Oak and then aged for at least 14 months again in the same kind of Oak.

Like its Rhone counterpart this wine, though quite pleasant now, will even gain with 2 or 3 more years bottle aging and keep well throughout the 2020’s. And its bargain price of $21.95 is certainly evident when throughout the U.S. the price is circa $29 to $35 a bottle.


PRICE: $21.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)