2015 Pujanza Hado (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

2015 Pujanza Hado
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Tasting these estate-owned single vineyard beauties of Bodegas Pujanza – from 99 acres of historic sites dating to the 1920s, newer parcels planted in the 1970s – the breathtaking Sierra de Cantabria Mountains in the distance, I began to understand the importance of these sites in Laguardia; Rioja Alavesa's most beautiful village. Planted to 100% old vine Tempranillo (save for one parcel of 50+ year old Viura), heights reaching elevations above 2,100 feet, clay-limestone soils naturally curtailing yields and returning fruit of purity, precision, freshness and unmatched elegance, these are among my most treasured discoveries of recent trips to the region. Carlos San Pedro's family has been here for many years, launching Pujanza was the next, logical step towards producing their vision of the perfect wine – marrying place, time, man and history in their single vineyard expressions. Finca Valdepoleo is their most iconic single vineyard, the family pride; it represents Carlos' pursuit of the ultimate Laguardia expression. While Hado is for the newly initiated; an opportunity to explore Pujanza's great terroirs in a younger drinking wine. Both are singular expressions, terroir focused; very, very proud wines. Striking, DO NOT miss selections!

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Black violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cherry wood, balsamic vinegar, red apple, and hibiscus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with overtones of curry, dill, fennel seed, and tar with firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. New world wine-drinkers will love this intriguing and mysterious Rioja that will continue to develop new and interesting flavors.

92 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Mar 2018)

The 2015 Hado is a blend of Tempranillo from 23 different plots located in the village of Laguardia and ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts, followed by malolactic in the same fermentation vessels and 12 months in French oak barrels. It's ripe and balanced, powerful, with good ripeness. All the reds from 2015 have fine tannins, a lush texture and are approachable and showy, with a slightly warm finish. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2017.

91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

Straight-forward blue fruits, violets, cassis and red plums. The palate has a pastry-like edge of tart red cherry and plum fruits. Drink now.

91 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)

Cocoa and black pepper notes frame plum and boysenberry flavors in this generous red. Licorice, leafy and smoky notes add interest. Light, firm tannins and crisp acidity support the round texture. Bright and lively. Drink now through 2025. 8,500 cases made, 300 cases imported.

90 points, Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator (Dec 2017)

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