From a relatively new discovered region in the North of Castilla, Toro is becoming renowned for producing extremely full bodied wines with great personality, depth and concentration. Made from 100% Tempranillo (locally known as Tinta del Pais), it exhibits ripe subtle soft tannins with an under layer of dry herbs, black fruits and graphite, impeccably rich but yet elegant and pure. The 2012 is a little young at the moment and even though approachable, it will cellar for the next 5 years plus.
"Warm, sweet spices, elegant, ripe fruit. Powerful, fruity, good acidity, round tannins and spicy."
94/100 Peñín Guide
"A glass coating opaque purple colour, it is bigger, more structured and more concentrated than the Almirez. Give it 5-7 years and drink it from 2016 to 2027."
92/100 Robert Parker – Wine Advocate
Pintia Vega Sicilia 2007
Bodegas Pintia is owned by Vega Sicilia. Pintia is located further west along the Duero River inside the warmer D.O. of Toro. The estate owns 96 hectares of land. The first vintage released was the 2001. As for the 2007 Pintia, it is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for one year in new French and American oak. Opaque purple-coloured, it offers a complex perfume of grilled meats, pencil lead, spice box and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, ripe, layered wine with intense flavours serious complexity and phenomenal length, will cellar well for 10-15 years plus.
Yet again we find that Spain is delivering unmatched value for money wines, their different regions are like a boiler room of ideas, innovation and creativity. In the last few years this particular Bodegas has been creating wines that are rated internationally alongside and higher than the very top Bordeaux and Burgundy yet at a fraction of the price. Made from 100 year old ungrafted vines planted at high altitude and yielding less than 1.5 tonne of fruit per acre. The wine was aged in new French oak for 18 months and bottled without fining or filtration. This comes from the area of Toro which is one of the upcoming areas in Spain. It is without doubt a revelation when it comes to the production of modern Spanish wine. The wine is concentrated, lean and focused with impeccable pedigree and definition. The quality ratio of this wine is unsurpassed, easily on par with any second growth from Bordeaux at roughly half of the price. The reviews speak for themselves. Will cellar for 10 years plus.