The region of Toro in north-west Spain produces some of the country's most powerful red wines. The Spanish word toro means 'bull', and while it is unclear precisely how the town's name came about, the bull is nonetheless a fitting symbol for robust red Toro wines. Here the extreme continental climate (hot, dry summers and cold, artic winters) results in tinta de toro grapes (the local name for tempranillo) that ripen with thick skins, intense flavours and high sugar levels. Convert this to wine and you have a style that rests its quality on deep colour, full-body, bold super-ripe flavours and relatively high alcohol.
Sadly many of the wines from Toro display these features in excess but there are some exceptional and distinctive wines being made. One such is San Román, a property which is managed by the García family of Bodegas Mauro, who have also been influential in the winemaking history of famous Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero.
San Román is a wine of great exuberance, minerality and structure. It is produced from vines with an average age of 90 years which naturally produce tiny yields. It spends over two years in French and American oak which accounts for its exotic flavour and sensuous texture.