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Elias Mora, Toro CrianzaCastile y Léon, Spain 2016 (750mL)

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Elias Mora, Toro Crianza Castile y Léon, Spain 2016 (750mL)

“This crowd-pleasing red from Toro is bursting with beautifully ripe fruit and a stunning mineral backbone. It’s all muscle, no flab—and decadently delicious!”

Crafted from Tempranillo (here called Tinta de Toro) and loaded with dark, saturated fruit and an intense mineral backbone, this is muscular, whole-body red wine to combat the many chilly nights ahead. The style here does a rare and special thing in wine: it pretty much pleases everyone, from those who like bigger, bolder red wines to those who appreciate subtler wines of nuanced terroir. There’s power and class all in one. This effort will put most reds from Napa and Bordeaux to shame at its $39 price tag. Neighboring Ribera del Duero has received more of the spotlight over the last 25 years, but after one taste, you’ll quickly realize why the Toro district should not be overlooked. The story of Bodega Elias Mora is one of a driven woman named Victoria Benavides. She founded the bodega in 2000 after falling in love with the region and its largely untouched old-vine vineyards. After fruitless years of trying to buy vineyard land in the region, she was introduced to Elias Mora, an elderly local farmer who agreed to sell her an eight-hectare, old-vine parcel just outside San Roman de Hornija, in the heart of Toro.

The color in the glass is a deep inky purple, out to the rim. The nose is ripe but layered with an astounding array of aromas including black plum, blackberry compote, leather, tobacco, cocoa, anise, thyme, blueberry, and violets. The palate is full-bodied, exploding with earthy fruit to start and coating the palate with powerful, yet ripe, tannins. Most remarkable is the freshness—rarely is a red wine that is this concentrated also so lifted and nimble. This is the perfect beef stew red!
  • CountrySpain
  • RegionCastile y Léon
  • Sub-RegionToro D.O.
  • SoilClay, Sand, Limestone
  • FarmingPracticing Organic
  • BlendTempranillo (Tinta de Toro) 100%
  • Alcohol15%
  • OakFrench & American Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2026
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingOxtail Stew

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