Wine Spectator 95/100
The polished texture masks depth and muscle in this powerful red, which shows blackberry, anise, tar and mineral flavors, with spicy and floral highlights. Firm tannins and fresh acidity lend good balance. Expressive, in an austere way.
# 26 in the Wine Spectator.
The 2012 San Román is produced with the fruit of their older vines out of their 96 hectares of vineyards in Toro. They have reduced the amount of the new oak here. The aromas are very mineral of red clay, iron, a mixture of plums, black and red cherries and again something earthy, elegant and complex, developing meaty notes with time. The palate is medium to full-bodied, fresher than 2011, with very fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a superb version of San Román. This is one of the few wines from Toro that actually improves with time in bottle.
Vino! Magazine 92/100
Enorme concentratie en extractive, en toch is er geen overdaad: zomerfruit, pruimpjes, peper, vanille, eik. Harmonieus en vol in de mond met een monumentale structuur. Geef hem nog drie jaar om verder te rijpen. (14,5% alc.)