After years of careful study, Vega Sicilia, Spain's most legendary wine brand, decided to make a wine in the Toro area, in the province of Zamora. A traditional wine-producing region, though somehow neglected for a long time, this Designation of Origin west of Ribera del Duero has enjoyed a true renaissance over the last years, producing ever more complex, refined and satisfying wines.
The result was Pintia, a wine that developed a great reputation almost from its first released vintage.
As for this Pintia 2010, the hand-picked grapes went through two selection processes, one on the vineyard and one in the cellar. Then the tinta de Toro grapes -allegedly a mutation of Tempranillo with higher tannin level- were destemmed, gently pressed and put into stainless steel tanks. After alcoholic fermentation and skin maceration were completed, the wine was put in french (70%) and american (30%) oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 12 months. Before emptying the barrels, the wine was clarified at a low temperature with egg whites in order to fully preserve its varietal expression.
Finally, Pintia 2010, by Bodegas y Viñedos Pintia, was bottled and remained in the cellar for two more years before its market release. All bottles are numbered. Parker 95!!
|Appearance||Deep, intense, cherry-red robe with purple-shaded rim.|
|Nose||Wonderful bouquet of blackberry jam, spices (clove and thyme), cigar box, currant and cocoa. Some earthy, mineral notes and balsamic aromas in the background.|
|Palate||Pintia 2010 has a strong entry, full of red and black fruit, toasty oak notes and lively tannins. It shows a firm backbone, with great persistence, a marked acidity and a harmonious finale. Overall, the wine has an enormous, yet elegant structure with some rough edges that the ageing process will smooth off. All we need to experience its fully harmonised complexity is a little patience.|
|Our personal opinion||Pintia 2010 is a work in progress. A great wine, slowly developing to its peak. That's why we recommend you to store it for some time before drinking it. Nevertheless, if you can't wait to enjoy Pintia 2010 -a perfectly understandable impulse indeed-, we suggest that you decant it for at least 2 hours before serving.|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||14|
|Mono-Varietal||Tinta de Toro|
|Pairings||Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted red meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|