The wine is produced in very limited quantity from the estate's oldest vineyards (80 years old vines) and is fermented in 2,000-liter open-top fermentation vats. Our winemaker punches down the cap by hand three times a day using the traditional pigeage method to ensure optimal extraction.
The name of the wine is the surname of the San Ildefonso family, father Roberto and daughter Paloma, and represents the apex of their winemaking tradition.
Deep cherry color.
Very expressive, elegant and complex with ripe fruit, mineral notes, sweet spices, chocolate aromas and intense toasts.
Powerful, tasty, round and very smooth. We find again black berries, mineral notes, chocolates with roasted aromas. Very long after taste.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)||ABV:||14.5%|
|Aging:||100% new French Oak Barrels for 16 months + 12 months in the bottle|
The soil is formed by sediments of sand, clay and limestone, which produce a dark lime-bearing topsoil, with fine and coarse sands.
This year we had low rain falls getting very healthy bunches. Besides, cool nights and not very hot days at the end of the cycle were excellent for a complete ripening of the grapes, full of nuances.
Winemaking and aging
The fruit is manually selected and picked in small cases. After destemming the grapes are stored in 2.000 liter open fermenter tanks and cold maceration at 8ºC during 8 days. Three times a day the cap of the skins is submerged manually (pigeage) and after the alcoholic fermentation is finished at a controlled temperature, the wine is macerated until the wine maker determines the appropriate extraction polyphenols. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, followed by another 12 months minimum in the bottle.
Ideal for red meats, lamb, roasted meat and strong cheeses
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|S0EE322038TPM||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 01528 3||1 07 84585 01528 0||$49.95|
"An ultra rich and ripe style that is packed with very, very ripe plums and dark berries and assertive, rich tannins. The extract is impressive. Needs time. Try from 2024."
- James Suckling (July 24th 2019), 92 pts
"Nicely integrated black-cherry and blueberry aromas leading to a palate that has a punchy core of plum and blackberry flavor. The tannins pack an attractive punch. Plenty of spicy depth on the finish here. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (September 24th 2018), 92 pts
"The 2014 Finca Sobreño Ildefonso is a Tinta de Toro selection from 60-year-old vineyards fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 18 months with rackings every six months. It's serious and combines power and elegance, it shows very good balance and freshness and fine-grained tannins. Great showing. 50,000 bottles were filled in May 2018. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #238, August 31st 2018), 91 pts
"The tiny production 2014 Ildefonso Toro is also all Tempranillo that spent 16 months in new French oak followed by a year in bottle before being released. It has more black and blue fruits, with subtle violet and chocolate notes, medium to full body, a stacked mid-palate, and a big finish. It’s a rich, powerful wine that has loads to love. It too should easily keep for 10-15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 91 pts
"The 2012 Finca Sobreño Ildefonso was cropped from a very dry year. It's a selection of old vines in the zones of La Pedrera and Ballesteros in Morales de Toro that have different soils to add complexity. It fermented with natural yeasts and aged in French (75%) and American (25%) barriques for 18 months with rackings every six months. It's still quite oaky with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoke and sweet spices, with an aromatic touch of sandal wood. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with abundant, slightly dusty tannins, quite marked by the élevage. Good in its style, but too oaky for my taste. 50,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #229, February 2017), 90 pts
"(from vines that are reportedly more than 80 years old and raised in new French oak barrels for 18 months) Brilliant ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits, incense and candied violet on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy, seamless and broad on the palate, offering energetic blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and an exotic touch of Asian spices. The blue fruit quality carries strongly through the finish, which hangs on with excellent tenacity and harmonious tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 93 pts
"(made from vines that are reportedly over 80 years old and aged in new French oak for 18 months): Bright purple. Aromas of blackberry, cherry-vanilla, candied flowers and spicecake, with a bright mineral overtone adding vivacity. Pliant and deep in black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors, with a firm mineral spine and building smokiness. This powerful but very well-balanced wine finishes with excellent clarity, plush tannins and superb spicy, floral persistence."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 93 pts
"The 2010 Finca Sobreno Ildefonso is a selection from two 80-year-old vineyards fermented in 2,000-liter oak vats and aged in barrique. It has a balsamic nose with plenty of dried herbs and spices (black pepper, clove), with the imprint from the barrel in the background. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round tannins and some warmth towards the finish. This is a serious Toro. Drink now-2018. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #214, August 2014), 90 pts
"(made from vines that are over 80 years old; aged in all new French oak for 18 months): Inky purple. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, woodsmoke, incense and violet pastille. Stains the palate with concentrated, almost shockingly vivacious black and blue fruit flavors. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the clinging, energetic finish. - JR"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 93 pts
"The 2009 Finca Sobreno Ildefonso is pure Tinto de Toro, a blend from two parcels of 80-year-old vines. It sees 18 months in new French oak. It has a gorgeous, marmalade-scented bouquet with hints of blueberry and black olive tapenade that are very well-defined. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, supple tannins and layers of spicy red fruit interwoven with marmalade, clove, white pepper and bay. It is very well-balanced, powerful but not over-powering, and should age well over the next decade. Drink 2014-2025."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue#206, April 2013), 92 pts