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Characteristics of Pintia
Pintia is one of the great wines from D.O. Toro produced by Bodegas Pintia, belonging to the famous Vega Sicilia group. Pintia is a single variety red wine made from Tinta de Toro, the reigning variety in Toro. The grapes are grown on old vineswith an average age of 40 years old and planted in pots in the town of San Román de Hornija (Valladolid).
Due to its proximity to the River Duero, the soils include a lot of pebbles and sand on the surface. The climate is a continental climate with an oceanic influence and a great difference in temperature between the very cold winters and the very hot summers that ensure an excellent ripening of the grapes.
The harvest is done manually and the grapes arrive at the winery in 8 kilo boxes that help to keep the grapes in perfect condition. Once in the winery, the grapes are placed in a cold storage for 12 hours at a temperature below 5ºC. Once they have been cooled, the grapes undergo a strict selection process before they are fermented. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, it is placed in new barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place. The new French and American barrels are where the wine ages for 13 months.
Finally, Pintia is bottled and there is a thorough control of the quality of the corks. Pintia is an example of quality applied to the entire production process that, as a result, has produced an excellent wine, very elegant with very fine tannins.
The 2013 vintage, rated as a very good one, began in a complicated way. In the early spring, in April and May, temperatures were low and there were heavy rains, significantly delaying the start of the growth cycle. This resulted in late flowering and therefore later ripening. Before the harvest, there was a considerable amount of rain, which produced an interspersed harvest.After a cold and rainy year, the profile of the wines they have produced are less concentrated than usual. Fresher and with a good acidity.
SightCherry colour with a purple trim.NoseOn the nose the wine is complex and powerful. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. With a presence of barrel notes.TastePintia has a very elegant passage on the palate. Ripe red fruit, compote, blueberry and blackberry. A very persistent finish.
SightDark cherry colour with violet nuances. Very bright, with dense quite coloured slow-falling tears.NoseA high intensity wine with fleshy notes of ripe black fruit released moderately. Its spicy notes, its subtle and elegant toasted and roasted aromas and its refreshing balsamic hints round out this balanced and highly harmonious nose.TasteIn the palate we find a red wine with a powerful attack and a mid palate full of abundant notes of fruit and with more toasted aromas than in the nose. It is very well structured. A medium-bodied wine with a good, very integrated acidity and fine and ripe tannins. Long and very persistent finish with notes of fruit and spices at retro-olfaction.
SightThe tasting repport of this wine is being translated. Meanwhile, you can check the Spanish version.
In Toro, the red wines are mainly made with the Tinta de Toro grape variety, planted on soils of fluvial origin by the influence of the Duero River and its tributaries, grown on poor, sandy and dry soils the further away you move from the river. Toro offers powerful wines, well bodied, flavourful, complex, and tannic. Although on a smaller scale, the region also produces white wines using the Verdejo and Malvasía varieties. Since the ´80’s, Toro has experienced a revival in its wines, thanks to a new generation of highly skilled winemakers and the installation of many big names in the region, such as Pintia, a winery belonging to the Vega Sicília group, or Teso la Monja, part of Sierra Cantabria.