Pago La Jara Toro 2013 (95 WA)
“2013 was a crazy year in Toro, with snow as late as April 28th, and the 2013 Pago La Jara benefitted from this late harvest with lower alcohol and pH than normal. They had to sort out the grapes to get rid of the botrytis and be able to produce this old vine cuvée, which fermented in 3,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in French barriques and 1,500-liter oak foudres for 18 months. It has great freshness, moderate ripeness and perfectly integrated oak, with just a smoky and flinty whiff, where the larger volume seems important to respect the character of the wine, letting it breath and keep its personality. This is harmonious and rustically elegant, with abundant, fine-grained tannins and good balance. It has everything—and all in good balance and harmony—to develop nicely and for a long time in bottle. The nose is still shy and has an incipient perfume that should bloom with time in bottle. 2,640 bottles produced, the shortest vintage to date.”
Pago la Jara is Telmo’s flagship wine from Toro, made in minute quantities. Opulent and dense, but with trademark balance and seamless style, Pago la Jara represents the world-class level the terroir of Toro can display.
Rioja, Valdeorras, Toro, Spain
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. While Telmo makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.