Red Wine Phinca Lali 2011

Red wine from Rioja, made from Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache and Viura aged for a minimum of 14 months in French oak barrels.

Crianza. 14 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 13.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Viura, Grenache Red, Graciano, Tempranillo,
Wineries: DSG Vineyards
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Product Description

The rising star of La Rioja David Sampedro Gil, head of DSG Vineyards, considers Phinca Lali, in his own words, "my most complex wine."

Made principally from Tempranillo, this Spanish red wine is complemented with tiny amounts of Grenache, Graciano, and Viura (aka Macabeo). All grapes come from a 0.3 hectare plot located in the town of Elvillar, Álava. Planted in 1910, those magical grapevines had been long forgotten, and fortunately they were saved from oblivion by David Sampedro a few years ago.
Vinified following the precepts of byodinamic farming, this single estate red wine was harvested with their stems intact, and then put into 400 litre open vats right at the vineyard. Transported to the cellar and sealed, after a week the grapes were crushed by foot, after which the free-run juice was sealed again to complete a spontaneous alcoholic fermentation. Monitored and racked twice a week over a period of 30 days, after finishing alcoholic fermentation the wine was put into French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for a minimum of 14 months. 

Drink Phinca Lali 2011 over the next 10-12 years.

Decant 2 hours before drinking.

Only 1,000 bottles produced.

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The red wine Phica Lali has a medium-high cherry robe with a garnet rim.


This mighty Rioja red wine brings the air of another planet, and a very intoxicating one indeed. The complexity of Phinca Lali by DSG vineyards is spectacular, beginning with lavender, spices, wet stone and black truffle, alongside some pristine, sparkling aromas of red and black fruit.


It's always difficult to review wines such as this, because words cannot do it full justice. Though this Crianza red wine has a great body, the overall sensation on the palate is light and aereal. Balance and freshness are simply spectacular, with wild tannins and a mighty acidity. We find notes of fruit, lavender, wax, ripe fruit, stone, wet undergrowth and many other things. This wine by David Sampedro Gil has an unending finish, with an immensely deep, fascinating terroir imprint.

Our personal opinion

A treasure island wine, Phinca Lali 2011 shows what wonders can be achieved when a Burgundian approach to terroir is put to work in La Rioja.


Phinca Lali 2010:

Parker 94.

Year 2011
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18º
Should this wine be decanted? Two hours before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? Yes
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 14
Enterwine's Score 95
Media rating 95
Percentage of variety “Tempranillo”: “Graciano”: “Garnachas”: “Viura”:
Pairings Birds, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Red meat with gravy, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegetables
Taste Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
Occasion A special occasion, Because you deserve it, To bring to an engagement
1 Review
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This is best Rioja wine I've drunk in the last years - including great Tondonias, Rioja Alta and so on. This opens a new path, totally personal and of the utmost interest.
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