2015 Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia
The only wine produced here is the 2015 Pintia, which, in the warm and dry 2015, reaches 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity and a creamy, soft texture, with plenty of concentration, ripeness and tannins. It fermented in oak vats and matured in oak barrels (new and used, French and American) for 12 months. It was a powerful vintage, and they did part of the malolactic fermentation in oak vats instead of 100% in barrique to keep some of the freshness, and they also have 15,000 liters of wine that can mature in stainless steel and rotate some lots in vat before they are put in barrique. All this goes in the direction of keeping the freshness of the wine in a zone where power comes naturally, and all the tools are welcomed, including the use of different toast in the barrels. All this seems to have paid off, and even if the wine is powerful and tannic, it has good balance and the tannins are fine-grained. This has reached a good balance between power and elegance. 203,857 bottles, 6,496 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in May 2017. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 94 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2019)
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Wild and spicy, as expected, but a little too sour and blunt on the finish, this seems like a regressive step for this wine after the beautiful 2014 vintage last year. There doesn’t seem to be enough flesh to balance the more astringent elements of this wine but it will move with time and I expect it to resemble a powerful Pintia in due course, and that is what people want from this wine, so they won’t mind. I am just a little disappointed that this 2015 has not built on the glamour of the 2014. Rating: 17+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Dec 2019)
Bodegas y Vinedos Pintia
Another of Vega Sicilia's properties, Bodegas Pintia is in the rather dramatic Toro district, a region hitherto best known for wines which are diffucult to tame.
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