Pintia is the sister winery of Spain's royal winery 'Vega Sicilia', and is located on the banks of the Duero River, within the Toro appellation of Castilla y Leon. Extreme weather conditions, very cold in the winter and intense heat in the summertime, act upon its complex soil known for its large amount of boulders. It is essential, for these reasons, to choose the perfect moment to harvest, preserving the freshness of aromas and the wine’s acidity.
The Toro region, 60 miles west of Ribera del Duero, is home to some remarkable 19th-century vines. The sandy soils here are unfavourable to phylloxera, so two thirds of the vines at Pintia grow on their own roots, allowing the native personality of the local Tinta de Toro clone of Tempranillo to shine through all the more.
The 2018 Pintia comes from a cooler and wetter vintage when the grapes were picked between September 20th and October 7th, and it fermented in their new fermentation room where they feel they can be more precise. The wine still has 15% alcohol, with a pH of 3.82 and 4.6 grams of acidity. It had a shorter élevage this year and matured for 10 months in French and 18% American oak barrels, 81% of them new. The nose is very expressive, with bright cherry fruit, and the wine is fresher than the norm in the region, with integrated alcohol and oak, reflecting a very cool year, floral and perfumed. The palate is medium-bodied and reveals very fine and elegant tannins. This has to be one of the finest vintages of Pintia. 95+pts. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate