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Pintia 2010

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The absolute gem that is Pintia is made by the guys from Spain’s greatest Estate - Vega Sicilia – with their intention being to produce superb wine at a more friendly price level; in 2010, there is no doubt that they’ve excelled themselves.  In a superb vintage like 2010, where the old vine Tempranillo was harvested to perfection, there’s no doubt that Vega’s huge wealth of knowledge in making stunning, long-lived wines with superb concentration and depth – not to mention beautiful balance and real refinement – has paid off in spades. The result is a gorgeous, silky, seductive, and unashamedly enjoyable red which has all of the hallmarks to suggest it will get even better over at least a decade.


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Spain, Toro
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 1005 Tinto de Toro
Pintia Toro 2010 by Vega Sicilia
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Vega Sicilia set themselves an ambitious challenge when they started purchasing vineyards in Toro in 1997. This region was well-known for wines of great character, but little finesse. For 4 years they perfected their style in secret, before finally releasing the 2001 under the name Pintia.

Toro is located further along the Duero river from Vega Sicilia, in hotter, wilder territory as one approaches the Portuguese border (after which, the Duero becomes the famous Douro of Port fame). Altitudes are slightly lower than in the Ribera del Duero, making for very hot days, but 500-700m altitudes stil mean big day-night temperature changes, so acidity and fruit are preserved.

The grape here is 100% Tinta de Toro, a thick-skinned local clone of Tempranillo. The Vega team carefully vinify the wine to extract only the finest tannins and maintain aromatic purity, and age one year in the highest quality French and American oak barrels. Pintia displays the style and class (elegance, even !) of a Vega Sicilia Group wine, but with the extra spicy, forceful presence of a Toro. Early critical reaction has been ecstatic, and pricing remains eminently reasonable for a wine of this quality.

"The 2010 Pintia had already been bottled when I tasted it, although not released. The bouquet is very Bordeaux-like with black rather than red fruit, fine minerality and touches of graphite and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with plump, rounded tannins, a firm structure and great precision on the finish. This is what you might call a "classic" Pintia that already demonstrates great breeding and sophistication toward the finish."  95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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