Dominik Mueller

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2019 Bodegas Rodríguez y Sanzo Tempranillo "Whisba"

Tasting note

2019 Rodríguez y Sanzo Whisba

Deep, dark ruby red. Bouquet of medium to high intensity. Raspberry, prune, blackberry, red cherry. All in all, leaning towards dark fruits more so than red fruits. In addition, I get pronounced secondary aromas of vanilla, cedar wood, and smoke. The whole programme of wood treatment, hinting at the 18 months spent in (former whisky) oak casks. In the mouth, wow, packing quite a punch. Full body. Alcohol relatively high, taut tannins. Quite astringent and overpowering the fruit a little at first. The fruit notes are not gone altogether, however: Cherry and blackberry remain present. I would have liked to find just a little bit more balance though. The acidity, also, is at most medium and is second to the sheer power of this Tempranillo. The finish is medium. The dry mouthfeel stays longer than the fruit flavours. The taste does not quite keep up with the complex bouquet as a result, although you are inclined to find attractive dark chocolate and leather in the aftertaste. This is undoubtedly a wine for lovers of powerful wines.

Edit: After one day in the open bottle, the tannins are softer and blend in much better. I recommend decanting this wine for two to three hours before serving it.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 7 February 2024.


90At this point, we are on the threshold from an above-average wine to an exceptionally good wine. Wines with a DM90 rating are wines that already give us pause. They are obviously very well made, obviously have no faults and, moreover, offer something that makes them stand out. From here on, there is a certain complexity that we can and must engage with. Wines with this rating and above are an enrichment for virtually every wine cellar. In WSET terms, wines with a DM90 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.5 WSET score, just shy of 3.0.
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2.5Wines with a 2.5 WSET rating are 'good' or 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a solid WSET score of 2.5 usually get around 89 to 90 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2019
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Tempranillo
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Bodegas Rodríguez y Sanzo
Region:Castilla y León
Appellation:Toro DO
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