- Country: Spain
- Region: Torus
- Producer: Viñedos y Bodegas Sierra Cantabria
- Type: Red
- Grapes: 100% Toro Paint
- Oenologist: Marcos Eguren
98 points José Peñín and 97 points Robert Parker
The stellar wine from the new Eguren project in Toro is made from the most remarkable raw material: grapes from three pre-phylloxera vineyards, de-stemmed by hand and vinified with care and rigor, to preserve their character and identity. with lush and ripe fruit, but at the same time fine, elegant and complex.
It all started during the search for a vineyard for another family project in Vinos de la Tierra, in which they met and "fell in love" with the old pre-phylloxera vineyards of Toro and their ability to produce unique wines.
The success in the elaboration of these wines was marked in several stages. At first, the Eguren brothers took over the Numanthia Termes winery where they made the Termanthia wine with which they obtained 100 Parker points. In 2008 they sold this winery to Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy (LVMH) to start a solo journey and look for new vineyards with very specific characteristics. , also in Toresan lands.
These vineyards also have more gravel on the surface, are oriented to the north and have longer vegetative cycles. All this with the aim of obtaining wines that convey balance and elegance, extracting the maximum potential of the land.
Construction of the Teso La Monja winery began, however, before the sale of Numanthia Termes to LVMH. It was in 2006, on a few hectares of attached vineyard. It is a winery of sober architectural beauty in whose design the most current vision in the production of great wines combines perfectly with the experience, history and good work of the past.
Modernity on solid foundations. In this context, the wines Românico, Almirez, Victorino, Alabaster and Teso La Monja are produced. Wines that convey the essences of Tinta de Toro with subtlety and freshness, two attributes characteristic of all Eguren wines.
In Toro you can find very old pre-phylloxera vineyards, which is not the case in other Spanish DOS, such as La Rioja, where that plague devastated all the vineyards. Thus, Teso la Monja has 90 hectares of planted vineyards, most of them in a direct and native situation, located in the municipalities of Valdefinjas, Toro and Villabuena del Puente. These vines range in age from 35 to 130 years, which are the ones used to produce alabaster.
In Teso la Monja, sustainable agriculture is also practiced, with organic fertilizer and delicate work in the winery. Traditional methods combine with the most modern technology to extract mineral nuances from privileged soils.