2016 Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Triton Tinta de Toro

Year: 2016
Appellation: Toro, Castilla Leon
Country: Spain
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$14.95

"Plenty of bright and attractive fruit on the nose with summer berry compote and complementary meaty and spicy oak. The palate has attractive plush sweet fruit presence in an easy-drinking mode. Drink now." (JS)

"The larger production cuvée from Ordonez, the 2016 Tinta de Toro Tritón (100% Tinta de Toro) comes all from very old, ungrafted vineyards and was brought up mostly in used barrels. This beautifully sexy red boasts smoking good notes of ripe plums, black cherries, liquid violets, and loads of scrub brush and dried earth. Full-bodied and silky on the palate, with fine, fine tannin, it has remarkable purity, no hard edges, and enough structure to warrant another year in bottle. It’s a seriously impressive wine." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Additional Information:
Triton is made with the Tinta de Toro grape, one of Spainʼs oldest Tempranillo clones that is native to Toro.

The grapes for this wine come from 10.5 Ha. (25.95 acres) of vineyards located in the town of Morales de Toro, at 800m (2,400 ft.) above sea level. One plot is 6.5 Ha. (16.06 acres) and was planted in 1963, the other is 4 Ha. (9.88 acres) and was planted in 1956. All vineyards were planted in the vaso system. Average yields are approximately 2 tons/Ha. (0.81 tons/acre).

The soil is very sandy and is intermixed with alluvial gravel. Six to nine feet below the surface, there is a red clay subsoil, which acts as a reservoir of moisture, which is crucial in this arid region.

Triton Tinta de Toro is fermented in stainless steel. After fermentation, it is transferred to primarily one to three wine old Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels for malolactic fermentation. It is then aged for 18 months.