Wine Advocate 95 points - Comparing the 2005 Pintia against the 2004, I prefer the aromatics of the 2005, which are beautiful ? pure, lifted red fruit, briar, a touch of smoke and minerals. The palate is very well-balanced with supple ripe tannins and fine acidity. There is plenty of red-berry fruit here lending the 2005 an attractive fleshy texture, although there is something slightly foursquare about the finish, with hints of spice, black tea and cracked black pepper on the aftertaste. Still, this is the best of the mature Pintia wines. (Apr 2013)
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 2005 Pintia, it is 100% Tinta de Toro aged for one year in new French and American oak. 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 Advocate 95 Points
Blend: 100% Tinta del Toro (Tempranillo)
Area under vine: 96 hectares, half planted with mature vines, the other half planted since acquisition in 1997.
Average vine age: 20-45 years (the immature vines are not used to make Pintia)
Soil: Sandy stony topsoil, with some layers of red clay, upon deep gravel.
No cases produced 2002: 8300 \
|After so many years of study and definition of the new project, we established a series of premises to be strictly adhered to when considering the pros and cons of the region. On the one hand, this area is warmer than Ribera del Duero and, on the other, the land is basically a carpet of stones deposited by the river in the past; in short, a region which is twice as warm with the subsequent risk of making heavy wines that are difficult to enjoy. Moreover, and to make this ‘problem’ more acute, in Toro we need the ripening to be as complete as possible, even with the risk of high alcoholic proof, in order to obtain a minimum condensation of tannins.
|When pairing with food, Pintia is a modern wine adapted to international palates. Its quality knows no bounds whilst at the same time expressing the characteristics of the Tempranillo Tinta de Toro grape to perfection. There are no limits to this wine’s pairing possibilities. Nevertheless, given its concentration and magnificent structure it is perfect with sirloin steak and other grilled meat such as suckling lamb, braised vegetables, bean stews, shank and other Spanish bean dishes. It is also the perfect partner for cold creams, rice dishes, warm cod or brain salad and crayfish or fish such as the cod dish bacalao al pil pil. However it is exceptionally well matched to roast dishes and game such as partridge with cabbage.