The 25 hectares of grapevines of El Puntido estate were planted in 1975, at nearly 600 metres above sea level, in soils full of clay with calcareous elements. The vineyard is farmed following organic procedures.
After a meticulous harvest carried out in October, followed by an exacting selection process, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a pre-fermentation maceration that lasted for five days at a constant 6 ºC. During that process, gentle pump-overs and punch-downs were performed. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out over a period of 8 to 10 days at temperatures held constant between 28 and 30 ºC, with 2-3 pump-overs performed daily.
Then this crianza red wine from La Rioja was macerated for 8 days and then it transferred into new French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 18 months.
Decant El Puntido 2015 a minimum of 1 hour before drinking. Drink over the next 12 years.
Production around 40,000 bottles.
The red wine El Puntido has an intense cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
Wondrous aromatic intensity, with aromas of blackberries and liquorice notes that are reminiscent of syrup. As this Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa opens it shows nuanced balsamic remembrances, some mineral notions and hints of black earth, truffles and charcoal, combined with spices such as vanilla, clove and cardamom, alongside remembrances of flowers and underbush.
Full of volume, meaty and palate-coating. This crianza red wine by Viñedos de Páganos - Sierra Cantabria suggests flavourful black fruits, ripe plums, mulberries and some nuanced balsamic notes, combined with mineral remembrances, some earthy notions and touches of spices, balsam and herbs. Very good acidity, bold tannins and long, elegant finish. Still young, it will considerably improve over the next years.
|Our personal opinion||
The exuberant El Puntido 2015 is a first-class red wine. The Eguren Family really have a knack for Tempranillo.
El Puntido 2014:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 94. Parker 92. Guía Proensa 97. Guía Gourmets 97. Anuario de vinos El País 94.
El Puntido 2013:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 94. Parker 93.
El Puntido 2012:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 95.
El Puntido 2011:
Parker 91. Peñín 95.
El Puntido 2010:
Parker 95, Peñín 95.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Civet, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
If you're looking for depth and age-worthiness, stop and look no further. This is your wine.
Awe-inspiring. Pure greatness...