Red Wine Phincas 2018
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This is the new vintage of Phincas, a characterful Spanish red wine that faithfully exemplifies La Rioja's increasingly expanding "terroirist" trend.
It is made from 4 little plots of organically and biodynamically farmed low-yielding vineyards located near the town of Elvillar, Álava. The 30 to 100-year-old grapevines totalize 2.5 hectares.
As for the composition, this Vino de Paraje is made principally from Tempranillo, complemented with Graciano, Grenache and, following the Rioja tradition of adding a tiny amount of white grapes to red blends, a brushstroke of Viura.
Harvested by hand, only half of the grapes were destemmed. Both halves were fermented into a big wooden vat with indigenous yeasts. Then they were pressed and transferred into 500-litre French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation was completed.
After that, Phincas 2018 from DSG Vineyards was aged for 36 months in the barrels, after which it was transferred into 8,000-litre French oak vats, where this organic red wine was further aged for 6 months.
We suggest that you decant this red wine from La Rioja at least 30 minutes before drinking.
8,900 bottles produced.
The red wine Phincas is medium purple with a cherry rim.
Right from the start, one realizes that this blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Viura is not your ordinary Rioja. Original and characteristic, showing a clear terroir imprint and a sort of gravitas that is both intriguing and extremely attractive. Fruit is juicy and spicy, with a delicious note of Amarena cherries, and there are many balsamic remembrances, as well as a deep mineral core and notes of lavender and aromatic herbs.
Again, the first thing that we notice in this red wine from Bodegas Bhilar (from DSG Vineyards) is a distinctive, truly idiosyncratic character. This is indeed a quite serious Crianza red wine, though never austere or forbidding. Intricate and multilayered, bearing the mark of terroir, with excellent acidity and a remarkable ageing potential. Extremely mineral and balsamic, with nicely integrated wood and a very long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
The captivating Phincas 2018 is an invitation to rethink Rioja.
Enterwine 92. Tim Atkin 91.
Phincas DSG 2014:
Enterwine 93. Parker 90.
Phincas DSG 2013:
Phincas DSG 2011:
Enterwine 93. Parker 90.
Phincas DSG 2010:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||Yes|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||36|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 70%, Graciano 15%, Grenache 10%, Viura 5%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Red meat with gravy, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|