Pago la Jara Toro 2014
Pago la Jara is Telmo’s flagship wine from Toro, made in minute quantities. The Telmo Rodriguez range in Toro is named after a Spanish breed of bull that is both elegant and powerful. The 19th century lower-case “g” typeface that appears on all the Toro wines is transformed, and modernized, by a bull horn. Along with a few other notable winemakers, Telmo was one of the first to rediscover vineyards of decades-old, bushtrained vineyards. He was a major force in elevating Toro to one of the most in vogue wine regions of Spain. Opulent and dense, but with trademark balance and seamless style, Pago la Jara represents the world-class level the terroir of Toro can display.
The distinctive red soils, with ungrafted bush vines of over 50 years of age, produce a Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo) with tremendous fruit concentration, ripeness, acidity, tannins and structure. The grapes sourced for Pago la Jara comes from 5 plots covering 10 acres, belonging to 3 families of local suppliers that have worked with Telmo since he first started the company.
The grapes are vinified (by native yeasts) in large, upright oak fermentation vats, with a small proportion of stems. The wine is aged for 18 months in a combination of new (70%) and seasoned French barriques, as well as 1500-liter oak foudres.
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Wine Advocate - "2014 was a homogeneous and reliable year in Toro, and the 2014 Pago La Jara reflected it. The wine was a little reticent and closed at first and took some time to open up. The palate was very elegant; in a way, it reminded me of the 2016 Gago I tasted next to it, balanced and with fine-grained tannins, supple and tasty. A wine that changed in the year 2012 toward a lot more freshness and a lot less oak, it seems to fly under the radar, but it's very much worth it."
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