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Bodegas Pintia - Pintia 2014

Information

  • Country: Spain
  • Wine Region: Toro
  • Wine Maker: Xavier Ausàs / Begoña Jovellar
  • Grape: Tempranillo
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Tinta da Toro
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2013) VS: 93 (2012) JR: 17 (2011) WS: 91 (2012) JS: 95 (2012) WE: 91 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Cherry colour with a purple trim. On the nose the wine is complex and powerful. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. Pintia has a very elegant passage on the palate. Ripe red fruit, compote, blueberry and blackberry. A very persistent finish

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)93 pts

The challenge in Toro is to achieve the elegance usually linked with the name of Vega Sicilia, and with the 2013 Pintia, it's achieved by fine-tuning the harvest date to maintain the freshness of aromas and acidity of the wine. The grapes were picked between September 26th and October 10th and fermented after a cold soak. Malolactic occurred in 70% French barrels, 25% American oak and the remaining 5% in Hungarian barriques. It's a more elegant year for Pintia, as cooler vintages usually help counterbalance the natural power of Toro. It's also a lighter year with good freshness, and this showed a fine thread on the palate and was nicely textured, elegance within the rusticity of the zone. It was bottled in April 2015.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)93 pts

Bright violet. Suave oak-spiced black and blue fruit, pipe tobacco and floral pastille aromas are complicated by mocha and vanilla flourishes. Plush and broad on the palate, offering sweet cassis and blackberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Rich yet surprisingly energetic in style, finishing sweet, sappy and impressively long; youthful tannins add framework and grip.

JancisRobinson.com (2011)17 pts

Feb 2016 - Inky colour of elderberry juice. Intense, ripe but not overripe black cherry and blackcurrant. Lots of sweet oak and chcocolate on the nose. Thick, thick texture but there’s juice in the middle. Sweetly oaked and generous. Purest of fresh dark fruit, needing time for the texture to become more refined. For lovers of oak. Still seems so young and undeveloped, though the tannins are not aggressive, just thick.

Wine Spectator (2012)91 pts

Tobacco, leather and tea flavors frame a core of cherry and dried fig notes in this red, with firm tannins and orange peel acidity showing an austere character, though this has balance and depth. Drink now through 2028.

James Suckling (2012)95 pts

This is one of the best if not the best red from Toro with such finesse and balance. The rustic character of the region with bark and hot stone. Medium to full body, long and flavorful. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)91 pts

An opaque purple color and charred, smoky aromas render this ripe-vintage Toro dark from the outset. Sandpaper tannins frame its dominant char and burnt toast flavors, while a base of black fruit holds it together. It's all about oak and slamming tannins now, so cellar and drink from 2020–2030.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are grown on old vines with an average age of 40 years old and planted in pots in the town of San Román de Hornija The harvest is done manually and the grapes arrive at the winery in 8 kilo boxes that help to keep the grapes in perfect condition. Once in the winery, the grapes are placed in a cold storage for 12 hours at a temperature below 5ºC. Once they have been cooled, the grapes undergo a strict selection process before they are fermented which will take between 4-6 days. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, it is placed in new barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place. The new French and American barrels are where the wine ages for 13 months.