2007 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Well known for their esteemed Rioja estates of Sierra Cantabria and San Vicente (and as the force behind highly rated Numanthia-Termes Toro wines before selling the brand to LVMH), the Eguren family created the Viñedos de Páganos project to highlight the chalky mineral-rich soils of their single vineyard sites in Rioja Alavesa. Sourced from the El Puntido vineyard located in the hills near Páganos, the exceptional 2007 El Puntido Rioja Gran Riserva exhibits the signature elegant minerality of the terroir, with rich dark fruit, smokey earth and silky tannins from extended aging in its cellars.

Planted in 1975, the sustainably farmed El Puntido vineyard occupies 25 hectares of 100% Tempranillo on a gentle south-facing slope, with an Atlantic-influenced climate that is sheltered by the Cantabrian mountains. Translating loosely as "staircase landing," El Puntido refers to the shape that these lands form between the mountains and the Ebro River. Fourth generation co-owner and winemaker Marcos Eguren combines sustainable viticulture and attention to detail in winemaking to retain the freshness of the grapes, which are destemmed and sorted by hand. Yields for the Gran Riserva bottling are low with production limited to 5,000 bottles. One of the early pioneers of the so-called modern style Rioja which often includes using French rather than American oak, Eguren aged the Gran Riserva for 28 months in new French barrels before bottling and then cellaring for over 10 years.

Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck sums up the 2007 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Gran Riserva as having all the qualities an outstanding Rioja should have – "power, finesse, elegance and a great finish" – able to enjoy now but continue to improve with age, making it an incredible 96pt. value.


Putting my nose in the glass of the 2007 El Puntido Gran Reserva transported me to the classical Riojas from yesteryear. The wine has a fully developed nose with all the textbook descriptors of a good aged Rioja—forest floor, cigar ash, cold bonfire, truffle, cherries in liqueur, blonde tobacco, spices and iodine. But this is a classical Gran Reserva that has something that was not that traditional, and it comes from a single vineyard and matured in brand new French oak barrels for 28 months. But time in bottle has polished it (it was bottled in June 2010, almost nine years ago); the tannins are mostly resolved and it's nicely textured. It has what I love about the best red wine—it's salty rather than sweet, there is no room for sweetness here, and it's sapid and tasty and has great balance and freshness. This is developing at a very slow pace and should continue doing so for a very long time. A great Gran Reserva in the making. Only 5,000 bottles were produced from 2007, a very cold vintage, when the grapes were harvested the last three days of October, and it snowed the first of November!

96 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

A much smaller production that was aged longer (28 months) in new French oak, the 2007 El Puntido Gran Reserva comes from the same vineyard as the El Puntido but is a parcel selection. Blackcurrants, plums, smoked earth, incense, and violet notes all emerge from this elegant, silky, beautifully polished wine that's full-bodied, has fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It has power, but this is more about finesse and elegance.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sep 2019)

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