Teso La Monja Victorino 2018
Deep violet to the eye, this wine has a nose of blackberry, cherry cola and cinnamon. It is brighter on the palate than expected with flavors of cherry and pomegranate set into a frame of plush tannins with notes of toffee, salted almond, red apple peel, clove and ground coffee. There is a touch of spice on the lasting finish.
I tasted two vintages of the cuvée called Victorino, including the 2018 Victorino, a year with fewer bunches of larger grapes that resulted in very balanced wines, wines with good structure, ripe tannins and deep color. This was selected from ungrafted Tinta de Toro vines that fermented destemmed with their own selection of yeasts and matured in new French oak barrels for 20 months. This is a little lighter and has hints of blue flowers, a more vibrant palate and grainier tannins. 2018 and 2019 are very different years, and the 2018s are more fluid but also have more nerve and are likely to develop for a longer time in bottle. This has the advantage of one more year in bottle, which has helped to integrate the oak. Despite the cooler and wetter year, the grapes were very healthy, unlike in Rioja where they had to sort and select. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2020.
Opaque violet. Expressive aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, vanilla, baking spices and dark chocolate, plus a smoky mineral flourish that adds vivacity. Sweet, chewy and focused on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit and licorice flavors and suggestions of candied violet, cola and mocha. Finishes with mounting tannins and strong persistence, leaving sappy blueberry and bitter chocolate notes behind. 100% new French oak.
Cherry and cranberry flavors are bright and fresh in this red, energized by a citrusy acidity. At the same time, the thick texture and firm tannins give it a solid foundation. Has energy and depth. Best from 2022 through 2034. 3,000 cases made, 400 cases imported.