Red Wine Phincas 2019

Crianza red wine from La Rioja. Blend of 4 varieties aged for 36 months in French oak barrels.
Crianza. 36 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Viura, Grenache Red, Graciano, Tempranillo,
Wineries: DSG Vineyards
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

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 GracianoGrenache 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 2019 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.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Phincas is medium purple with a cherry rim.


This blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Graciano and Viura is definitely not your ordinary Rioja. Original and characteristic, showing a clear terroir imprint and a sort of gravitas that is intriguing and 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, this red wine from Bodegas Bhilar of DSG Vineyards shows a truly idiosyncratic character. Though serious, this Crianza red wine is never austere or forbidding. It bears the mark of its terroir, with an 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 2019 is an invitation to rethink Rioja.


Phincas 2018:

Enterwine 92. Parker 93.

Phincas 2017:

Enterwine 92. Tim Atkin 91.

Phincas 2015:

Enterwine 93.

Phincas DSG 2014:

Enterwine 93. Parker 90.

Phincas DSG 2013:

Enterwine 93.

Phincas DSG 2011:

Enterwine 93. Parker 90.

Phincas DSG 2010:

Parker 90.

Year 2019
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 30 minutes before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? Yes
Organic Yes
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 36
Enterwine's Score 92
Media rating 92
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
1 Review
Phincas, wow!!
The best Rioja I've had in years. Precise and really deep, this wine really sets a new Rioja paradigm for me. Now I must try DSG's Gran Crus.
Review by (Posted on 19 February 2019)
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