100% Tempranillo. Bodegas y Vinedos San Roman is a family-owned winery that was founded by iconic winemaker Mariano Garcia in 1998 as Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos. In the late 1990s, his two sons Alberto and Eduardo joined the team, as director of operations and technical director respectively and in 2015 they named their Toro project, San Roman. They own 100 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Villaester, San Roman de Hornija, Morales de Toro, and Pedrosa del Rey. The vineyards are planted mainly with Tinta de Toro, a local clone of Tempranillo that has adapted to the local region. In general, the vines offer smaller berries and bunches than Tempranillo in other regions, and yields wines that offer deep colors, intense aromas, and robust structure. In recent years the winemaking team, under Eduardo’s direction, has been producing wines in a fresher style, harvested at the optimum moment to balance freshness and richness. This leads off with intense attention to farming exceptional grapes using organic methods and some biodynamic concepts and practices. The 2015 Toro comes from ungrafted vines that are between 60 and 100 years old, grown at an altitude of 700-850 meters, and on a mix of sand, clay, and gravel soils. They go through native fermentation and then are aged in a mix of American and French oak barrels with 25% being new oak. This is a powerful, ripe, wide, and generous Toro, but made in a natural style. Giving the best of both worlds.