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Alabaster 2008
Sierra Cantabria

Winery: Sierra Cantabria

Alabaster 2008


  • Grape Variety


Could this be Toro's greatest wine? It certainly is a prime candidate and an incredible wine with its bottomless depths of succulent black fruit and enormous structure.Made from some of the oldest vines in Europe, these are indeed ungrafted vines. The proof however as they say is... well, it's in the wine - and what a wine! Few wines are deeper, blacker and so densely packed with fruit and oak and spice as this leviathan from Toro - should last 20+ years but may go on and on.

In the vineyard

Traditionally fermented; 100% de-stemmed. 10 days in open French oak deposits, traditional foot press with daily pump-overs. Finally aged in new French oak Bordelaise barrels for 18 months.

In the winery

From a single ancient Toro vineyard, hand-picked from pre-phylloxera (own rooted Vitis vinifera) vines.

Press & Awards

  • Wine of the Week
    The 2008 Alabaster went through malolactic in new French oak followed by racking to another set of 100% new barrels (the so-called 200% new oak treatm ent) where it remained for 18 months. Purple/black in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of espresso, tar, licorice, minerals, lavender, and brood ing black fruits. On the palate the oak is integrated but this massive effort will require a minimum of 8-10 years to become civilized. Exceptionally dense and rich but with all the right stuff present, it will be interesting to see how this behemoth of a wine turns out in another 15-20 years. 95 points
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Customer Satisfaction

As a family business we ensure a warm and friendly service whether you shop in store or online. We strive to create an environment of trust, an experience to enjoy and a brand to recommend. O’Brien’s delivers an extensive range of wines beers and spirits, some world famous others small and bespoke, all the best quality and all at the best value. Our staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our range and strive to understand and exceed your expectations.

Free Delivery

No minimum order and if you spend €60 or more we'll deliver your order for free anywhere in Ireland.

Orders are normally delivered within 2-3 business days (Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays) of you placing the order.


Change your mind? No problem. You can cancel your order at any stage or return some or all of it through any of our stores or we can arrange a collection. Simply contact us by phone on 1850 269 777 (or +353 1 2693139 from outside Ireland) or email online@obrienswine.ie and we'll look after the rest.

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