Pago la Jara Toro 2015
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 (94+) - "2015 saw a cold and rainy winter, but the warm and pretty dry spring was followed by a dry summer with a prolonged heat wave, so the 2015 Pago La Jara was produced with grapes that were harvested early, as in 2014. In fact, the harvest started on exactly the same day for both years, September 18th. They use grapes from five plots from this four-hectare vineyard that shares ownership with other producers, like Dominio del Bendito. The grapes are almost all Tinta de Toro, the local strain of Tempranillo, with a little white Albillo Mayor. The grapes, not completely destemmed, fermented in 3,000-liter oak vats and matured in a combination of 225-liter barrels and 1,500-liter oak foudres."
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