So this is a little number from the guys at Bodegas Mauro, a bit further west and south in Toro. They make two wines here, this wine as well as a top end wine, San Roman. Prima means a female cousin in Spanish, so I’m assuming the lads thought that Toro is more of a cousin than a sister region to Ribera del Duero. Anyway, the wine is mostly Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) with a dollop of Garnarcha. Its aged in a mix of French and American oak for 11 months.
This bottle did have a bit of DMS (a tinned corn smell) on the nose to start with, give it a good decant and it will blow off.
The nose kicks things off with toasty oak, a touch of tinned corn, sarsaparilla, blackberry and earthy minerals. Big juicy fruit, red and dark cherry, blackberry and sars, black olives, inky fruit, plenty of small chalky tannins. Nice balance and length. Rustic and tasty with classic Toro character. 89 Pts.
Source: Negociants Australia Price: Around $42 Closure: Conventional Cork