2018 Pintia Pintia

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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jamessuckling.com, June 2022

Brooding but fresh nose, with tarry blackberries and fresh blue fruit. Iron, wet stones, violets and a hint of mocha, too. Full-bodied, mineral and broad on the palate with a stony feel, though not heavy at all. A really...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2023

95_+ 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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Spain
Region Toro
Vintage 2018
Size 1.5L

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.

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.