Carodorum Seleccion Especial 2012 Bodega Carmen Rodriguez Mendez Tinta de Toro

Carodorum Seleccion Especial 2012 Bodega Carmen Rodriguez Mendez Tinta de Toro

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Barrel fermented and then aged for twice the Reserva requirements, the winemakers at Carodorum have the singular goal of producing amazing wine - labelling considerations come later. That means that this is extra-aged, comparable to a Gran Reserva, from 100-year-old vines, and at a fraction of its true value. Notes of cassis, black raspberry, violets, and toasty oak are wonderfully expressive in a fully structured palate with a long, echoing finish. Wonderful stuff! Drink some today and leave a few for years to come!
 
91 Points - Wine Advocate!
"The 2012 Carodorum Selección Especial has a balanced nose mixing aromas of wild berries, flowers and plenty of spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant tannins that might need a little more time in bottle. It's a powerful but balanced Toro, showing character."

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalTinta de Toro
Vintage2012
GrapeTinta de Toro
CountrySpain
RegionCastilla y León
Alcohol Content15.00%

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Carodorum Selección Especial 2012
 
 
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2012 Bodega Carmen Rodriguez Mendez Carodorum Seleccion Especial
A Tempranillo Dry Red Table wine from Spain, Toro, Castilla Leon, Spain
Review by Luis Gutierrez
eRobertParker.com # 221 (Oct 2015)
Rating: 91 
Drink 2016 - 2022
Release Cost: $60
The 2012 Carodorum Selección Especial has a balanced nose mixing aromas of wild berries, flowers and plenty of spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant tannins that might need a little more time in bottle. It's a powerful but balanced Toro, showing character. For a wine that was 25 months in new French barriques, the oak is quite well integrated, but it could be even better if the percentage of new wood was lowered. Carmen Rodríguez Mendez's winery is also known by its brandname, Carodorum. Importer(s): The Artisan Collection, 11 Park Place, New York, NY 10007, (212) 608-0722 , www.theartisancollection.us
 

By Bodega Carmen Rodriguez Mendez
Carodorum Selección Especial 2012
 
Wine Details
Grape Variety: 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) 
Climate: continental climate with a light oceanic influence and considerable fluctuations in temperature with very dry hot summers and precipitation between 350 and 400 mm/year and average annual temperatures of 12.5 ºC, provides good conditions for plant life to flourish and ensures sufficient maturing of the sugar and polyphenolic levels in our grapes.
Soils: in some plots the stony ground with large quartzite stones is also on the surface therefore helping to regulate temperatures and favour the polyphenolic ripening of the grape. The land on each of our plots is cared for by taking into account the textural and structural differences of the soil along with other wine-growing factors with the objective of obtaining complete and balanced ripeness of the grape whilst bearing the intrinsic personality of each individual plot. 
Age of the Vineyards: 80-100 years 
Harvest: by hand, in 15 Kg boxes. Limited production of only 5000 bottles. 
Fermentation: malolactic fermentation in barrels. The temperature is maintained to 26ºC (78.8 ºF).  
Aging: 25 months in French oak barrels. 
Filtering: slightly filtering before bottling which helps to maintain all of its aromas. 
Alcohol: Vol. 15.00% 
Pairing: it is perfect with sirloin steak and other grilled meat such as suckling lamb, braised vegetables, bean stews, shank and other Spanish bean dishes. Very good match with cheese, as well.  
 
Tasting Notes
Colour: opaque purple-coloured, it has an attractive perfume of toast, violets, spice box, liquorice, black currant, and blackberry. 
Nose: initially, can be appreciated slight notes of oak that rise through the fruit and blend with touches of spice and hints of sweetness of the mature berry fruits. Once open, the full force of pure Tinta de Toro fruit dominates the glass with notes of blackberry and dark berry fruit jam.
Mouth: delicate and inviting with gentle notes of oak developing as the wine opens on the palate. The tannic structure gives volume and good weight. Full and deep with a long finish indicating still its youth.
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