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BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS PINTIA (OWNED BY VEGA SICILIA) - Press reviews


    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 94

      Vintages are therefore selling a little faster now and I tasted the 2001 Pintia, which is produced with the local strain of Tempranillo called Tinta de Toro from, head-pruned, mostly ungrafted , old vineyards (40 to 60 years of age) that were harvested quite early and quickly (50 tons of grapes per day !), September 13-18, to preserve the freshness in a very warm, ripe vintage. The wine matured for one year in mostly French oak barrels and is dark and ripe, but surprisingly fresh for a very warm vintage. The early harvesting has paid back and has provided for a wine that shows the character of the place, with that slight rusticity - especially if compared with Alion - true to its birthplace and the vintage, with notes of tree bark and damsons, spicy oak and a faint reductive character when uncorked. It would benefit from decanting in advance, and notes of beef blood emerge with time in the glass. The palate is medium to full-bodied with juicy tannins and a supple texture thats fills your mouth, ending with a pleasant bitter note. This is a generous, big, ripe wine getting civilized and more elegant by the year, still a little marked by toasted oak, but developing different notes with time, becoming very meaty and showy. The 2011 will be released in 2015. 190,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2019

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2013): 95

      The 2010 Pintia had already been bottled when I tasted it, although not released. The bouquet is very Bordeaux-like with black rather than red fruit, fine minerality and touches of graphite and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with plump, rounded tannins, a firm structure and great precision on the finish. This is what you might call a "classic" Pintia that already demonstrates great breeding and sophistication toward the finish.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Spectator (2013): 90

      Floral and spicy aromas lead to flavors of blackberry, coffee bean, licorice and tar in this graceful red. Features firm tannins under the polished surface, kept fresh by lively acidity. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2020.TM

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2009 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2013): 92

      Inky ruby. Complex, seductively perfumed scents of red and dark berry preserves, pipe tobacco, potpourri and smoky Indian spices. Sweet, expansive and seamless, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors along with notes of violet pastille and fruitcake. Shows excellent clarity and focus on the finish, which is firmed by youthful tannins.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2008 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 92

      ($65) (15% alcohol): Opaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of cassis, cherry-cola and incense, with a peppery topnote. Offers deeply pitched dark berry compote flavors and brighter notes of allspice and star anise, with a vanilla undertone. Livelier on a finish that leaves suggestions of candied flowers and mocha. Quite suave and approachable already but this one will be better in a few more years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2011): 92

      Inky ruby. Powerfully scented and ripe, displaying cassis, cherry compote and singed plum aromas, with notes of mocha and vanilla coming up with air. Broad and smoky in the mouth, with sweet dark fruit and spice flavors and a licorice pastille quality. Finishes smooth and punchy, with the ripe dark fruit notes repeating. No way that I'd have guessed this wine was from a difficult vintage.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2010): 93+

      The 2007 Pintia was sourced from 50% ungrafted Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) vines and aged in 100% new French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it shows off a compelling bouquet of wood smoke, scorched earth, mineral, incense, blackberry, and licorice. Already complex on the palate, this full-bodied offering is dense, succulent, and structured. Give this lengthy Toro another 5-7 years of cellaring and drink it from 2016 to 2032 if not longer. Bodegas Pintia, a 96 hectare estate, is owned by Vega Sicilia. Pintia is located further west along the Duero River, inside the warmer DO of Toro.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2007 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2010): 92 points

      Bright violet. Cassis, blueberry, cherry-cola and coffee on the expressive nose. Tightly wound and firmly built but in no way hard, with terrific lift to the dark berry preserve, chocolate, mineral and vanilla flavors. Really stains the palate on the finish and shows a lot of sexy fruit right now, but give this at least five years in the cellar.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2006 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Enthusiast (2011): 92 points

      A big, modern-style contender with burly berry, lemon, coconut, dill and blackberry on the bouquet. Lush and cushioned in the mouth, with meaty, dark flavors of roasted blackberry, espresso and fudge. Chewy and dense on the finale, but not overly hard or tannic. Drink now through 2015. — M.S. (12/15/2011)

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 92 points

      The purple-colored 2006 Pintia offers up a complex bouquet of wood smoke, forest floor, mushroom, incense, and blackberry. On the palate it is still tightly wound but well-balanced. There is plenty of savory, spicy black fruit, moderate tannin, and good depth. It should be at its best from 2013 to 2025. It is not at the level of the 2004 and 2005 vintages but it is still a strong effort.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 93 points

      Deep ruby with a bright rim. Sexy, expressive aromas of red and dark berries, incense, Asian spices and cola. The red berry quality dominates the palate, gaining complexity from notes of clove, rose pastille and sassafras and taking on a building spiciness on the finish. The tannins in this wine seem already absorbed.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2005 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008): 92 points

      Inky purple. Alluring bouquet of blackberry and blueberry preserves, cherry-cola and vanillin oak spices. Broad, fleshy and deep, with sweet flavors of dark berries, floral pastille and vanilla beans. The rich fruit nicely absorbs the oak element on the long, velvety finish. Leaves a wide swath of creamy dark fruits and licorice in its wake. Pretty sexy stuff.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 95 points

      Opaque purple-colored, it offers a complex perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied, ripe, layered wine with intense flavors, serious complexity, and exceptional length. It has enough structure to unfold for another 4-6 years and drink well through 2025.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2005 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Enthusiast (2008): 91 points

      Very young but exuberant and balanced. Tasted in Spain well after bottling but before its March 2008 release, Pintia, Vega Sicilia’s Toro project, comes across as a bull of a wine with huge levels of color and extraction. Floral, mineral and violet aromas lead off, followed by deep berry fruit flavors and lots of rustic charred beef on the finish. Hold until 2009 and drink through 2014. — M.S.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 95 + points

      Similarly styled to its older sibling, it is simply more flamboyant and opulent. The temptation is to drink this heady effort now but those who can delay gratification for a few years will be amply rewarded.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2007): 93 points

      Saturated ruby. Intensely perfumed, expansive aromas of dark berries, kirsch, oak spices and mocha, with a suave mineral undercurrent. Rich, focused dark berry and cherry flavors are framed by strong but harmonious tannins and complicated by notes of dark chocolate, candied violet and vanilla bean. Lush and sweet on the impressively sappy, long finish. Although I'm confident that this will age well, it's mighty delicious now.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2003 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2006): 90 points

      Dark ruby. Brooding, very ripe, lightly roasted dark berry and plum aromas tinged by espresso, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Warm and toasty, with a strong oak spice accent to the roasted cherry and cassis flavors. With air, exotic oak spice and leather emerge, as well as solid, chunky tannins. Finishes ripe, deep and sweet, with strong berry liqueur and coffee flavors. Seriously ripe but also nicely balanced, the fruit just this side of roasted and compellingly sweet. (Europvin USA, Oakland, CA)

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Spectator (2006): 90 points

      This concentrated red delivers plum, blackberry, coffee, mineral and game flavors, framed by muscular tannins that soften on the finish, where the fruit lingers. Best after 2007. 11000 cases made.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2002 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2005): 94 points : Outstanding

      From a challenging vintage for Toro, Pintia's 2002 is among the finest wines produced in that appellation. Pintia is a project of Vega Sicilia, who believes they produced a better wine in 2002 than in 2001. I'm not sure I would go that far, but there is no question the 2002 Pintia comes close to the 2001. It is a powerful (14.5% alcohol), dense ruby/purple-tinged offering displaying flamboyant aromatics of blackberries, scorched earth, espresso roast, and cedar. Voluptuous, dense, and heady, with plenty of fat and glycerin, this is a head-turning, exuberant Spanish red to drink now and over the next 7-8 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2002 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2005): 90 points : Outstanding

      Saturated dark ruby. Aromas of black fruits, smoked meat, licorice, tar and nutty oak. Smooth and lush in the mouth, with sweet flavors of black raspberry, cassis, cherry cola and dark chocolate. Not as complex or deep as the 2001 version, but this really opens up and expands on the back half. The tannins coat the entire mouth. An impressive performance for the vintage.

    • Wine Enthusiast

      2002 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Enthusiast (2005): 90 points

      The newest project from Vega Sicilia comes from Toro, where the serious wines are often gargantuan. This has a blinding violet tint and equally forward aromas. In the mouth, it’s rock hard, a bruiser of the first order. To drink now would be inviting a tannic overload. Best to hold a couple of years and then serve with a juicy steak. — M.S.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 95 points : Outstanding

      There are 80 000 bottles of this wine, a project of Vega Sicilia's owners. The spectacular 2001 boasts an inky/purple color in addition to wonderful aromas of crème de cassis, melted licorice, truffles, and toasty, smoky oak. Intensaly concentrated but not overdone, this voluptuously thick, rich red possesses fine acidity as well as well integrated, sweet tannin. It will offer a somptuous mouthful of wine over the next 7-8 years.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2001 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine & Spirits (2004): 90 points : Outstanding

      The first vintage from Vega Sicilia'snew project in Toro, this is a winner...this dense, robust wine, touched with bacony oak. It's densely flavorful with black fruit, as forceful as a locomotive, with tannins like the cracked stones between the railroad ties. Give it several years or serve it with something rich, like stewed tripe.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2001 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      International Wine Cellar (2004): 92 points

      Full ruby. Highly extracted aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate, black licorice, mocha and smoked meat. Sweet, dense and highly concentrated, with flavors of chocolate, violet and licorice liqueur. A very large-scaled but fresh wine with an intriguing saline nuance. The sweetly oaky finish features substantial ripe tannins that reach the front teeth. Very impressive.

    • Wine Spectator

      2001 toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Spectator (2004): 91 points

      Rich flavors of blackberry and espresso run through this thick, muscular red. Though very ripe, it retains enough acidity for balance, once the chewy tannins let go of your palate. Big and bold, if not exactly elegant. Best after 2005. 6,700 cases made. –TM

    • Wine Spectator

      toro d.o. (tinto) PINTIA
      Wine Spectator (2003):