Grapes for Pintia are hand-harvested, double-sorted, then left in a cold chamber for 12 hours in order to preserve the intensity of the fruit. Cold maceration is carried out for 5 days prior to fermentation in oak wood vats, before aging in 70% French and 30% American oak for 12 months.
The wine is intense in color and depth, cherry red in tone with purplish hues. On the nose, Pintia is broad, very clean, expressive and elegant on the nose, with a great fruit intensity. The palate shows great structure and a excellent tannin, yet is also fresh and pleasing on the palate.
Pintia was born out of Vega Sicilia, a famous and legendary wine estate located in Ribera del Duero in the Valbuena de Duero in the province of Valladolid. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lacanda y Chaves, who brought cuttings of Bordelaise varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Pinot Noir from Bordeaux.
The estate changed hands several times before it was purchased in 1982 by the Alvarez family. By around 1995, Vega Sicilia was doing well and a new project, Alion, was well underway. After a year of careful study, the Alvarez family decided to focus another project on the Toro denomination of origin.
The family began to buy any old vineyards that were available, especially in the boulder-strewn San Roman Hornija wasteland created over millennia by the Duero River. Production experiments were carried out for another 4 years to determine the potential of the Toro wines. They concluded the most important aspects of Toro wine lies in preserving the fruitiness of the grape.