Vega Sicilia 'Pintia', Toro, Spain 2018
VINTAGE : 2018
COUNTRY : Spain
REGION/APPELLATION : Ribera del Duero, Toro D.O.
VARIETALS : Tinta de Toro
The independent member of the Vega Sicilia family. Pintia is young, intense and ground-breaking in nature.
Proud of its origin, it has managed to reinterpret the Vega Sicilia culture in an innovative, brave and daring manner, at the head of the emergence of a new generation of Toro wines.
As is the case of all TEMPOS Vega Sicilia wines, the harvest is by hand with the fruit being placed in 12-kg boxes and grapes, once in the winery, they are left in a cold chamber for 12 hours in order to preserve their fruit intensity.
Along with the selection on the wine, a double sorting is carried out in the winery. This first removes those bunches that may have been wrongly picked in the field and the second focuses on the substandard berries that are found on optimum bunches. A cold maceration is carried out for 5 days prior to fermentation in oak wood vats.
" 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." The Wine Advocate 95+
Pintia 2018 is the probably most vertical and fruitiest Pintia, but also has a lot of intrigue. A wine with a very silky texture that can be enjoyed now, but has an incredible finish.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% wood. Subsequently, it is aged in French and American oak for 12 months.These are wines of great intensity of color and depth, cherry red with cardinal edges. The nose is broad, very clean, expressive and elegant, with great fruity intensity, wrapped in subtle, high quality wood. The palate offers a great structure, good tannic presence and a very friendly, fresh and persistent palate.