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2014 Pintia by Vega Sicilia (750ml)

Tempranillo from Toro, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Vega Sicilia has long led the way in Castilian Spain's heartland, making wine in Valbuena de Duero since 1846. When Don Eloy Lecanda Chaves returned from France in 1864 with his French barrels and varietals, experimenting in his vineyards and cellars with techniques learned in Bordeaux, he not only slowly transformed HIS wines, but also encouraged local growers to follow in his footsteps. Don Elroy's success at Vega Sicilia underscored the importance of the local variety of Tempranillo (known as Tinto Fino) and its place in the schistose sub-soils of these high elevation vineyards overlooking the River Duero. But it would require 118 years of consistency for Vega Sicilia before Ribera del Duero achieved DO status in 1982. That was also the year when the Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia, embarking on their mission of preserving the "ultimate, global prestigious benchmark." It's difficult to put into words the results of their investments; I visited with Pablo Alvarez recently and the place is beyond breathtaking. As most will remember, Mariano Garcia was responsible for 30 years' worth of the finest wines from Vega Sicilia, until his departure in 1998. But under Pablo's guidance, the multiple cuvees – spanning numerous districts – are better than ever. I have four of Vega Sicilia's finest today; wines adored for decades – treasures you'll love.

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The 2014 Pintia matured in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels for approximately one and a half years. It is a slightly riper year than 2013, and the wine is more powerful but at the same time I found it extremely aromatic, expressive and open, quite typical from Toro. It is a more elegant style, with less rusticity, and the tannins are fine-grained, present and quite abundant but also quite round. It has a great mouthfeel, with the wild berry, aromatic herbs and spicy flavors lingering in your mouth. This is a great vintage for Pintia. With time in the glass, it still shows some smoky undertones that make it feel quite young. 177,477 bottles and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in April 2016.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Jan 2019)

Strong character here. Attractive violets and wet-earth notes with very dark, glossy and rich dark plums and cherries. The richness of the blood-plum flavor is impressive, the palate very plush and very smoothly rendered. Power with freshness and terrific tannin depth. Great result for the vintage.

94 points, James Suckling (Dec 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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