Synopsis, Our Opinion: An EXCEPTIONAL robust wine that’s an OUTSTANDING value.
Producer/Winery: Teso La Monja; Zamora, Spain.
Grape Variety: Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo).
Geographic Appellation: Toro, Spain.
Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California.
Paired With: Seared roast pork flavored with ginger, sauteed cabbage and apples with caraway seed, mac & cheese, chocolate cake with marshmallow fudge frosting.
He said: Open one-hour before drinking. Opaque, inky purple color with a lighter purple rim. Plum and blackberry aromas. Concentrated dusty blueberry, blackberry and sweet spice flavors, medium to full body, firm chewy tannins and a long dry slightly tart fruity finish. WOW, WOW, WOW, each sip was a real mouth filling experience…only tiny sips required here!!! GREAT with or without food. This was a VERY POTENT red wine, but at the same time it was fresh and had an abundance of rich fruit flavors and a LONG finish that just coated your mouth with dry dusty mineral. It’s an EXCEPTIONAL robust wine that’s an OUTSTANDING value. And it was absolutely a “PERFECT” pairing with the seared meat…truly a hand-and-glove match!!!
She said: Opaque, dark purple red color, lots of closely spaced stocky legs just moving along. It’s hard to decide whether to drink or chew this wine so I chose to do both. The aroma knocks your socks off with its strong dark red fruit scents and the flavors are even more powerful. The mouth-feel is very dry and full-bodied, with firm tannins that last into the long flavorful finish. The distinctive characteristic is its intensity which makes it so chewable. The wine was delicious with the dinner, even the cabbage and apples and was a real taste treat with the desert and I enjoyed it just as much drinking alone. This is an amazing wine at $24.95.
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
UPC Code: 8 437010 272011
Imported by: Henry Wine Group; Benicia, California.
Photo from Teso la Monja.