Where the Duero is about to become the Douro and Spain cedes to Portugal, we find the arid forthright vineyards of Toro, its evocative name not inappropriate given the rugged terrain and the power of the wines. The Pintia vineyard is strewn with poppies and pudding stones; one could almost be in Châteauneuf du Pape here, were it not for the distinctive subsoil of red clay. The stewardship of Vega Sicilia has brought expertise and investment, but the character has not been lost.
Tempranillo is known as Tinta de Toro in these parts of Spain; with 50 years of age, these vines have had to dig deep to nourish and moisten the wines in the brutal heat of 2005. The wine has been aged for 23 months in new oak (70% French, 30% American); its haunting aromas of violets, plums and charcuterie almost remind me of Quinta Do Vesuvio (not that far away after all);
on the palate dark brooding fruits, licorice, tar and undergrowth; balancing acidity and robust but not astringent tannins. One for the longer term certainly; one to watch without any doubt at all.Bodegas Pintia
For explorers of the New Spain , Pintia is a safe bet, boasting the Toro soifs and Vega Sicilia pedigree.This is intense and complex, 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), with notes of liquorice and black pepper.
(Decanter - Why Spain is the most exciting wine country in Europe - Dec 2008)
Bodegas Pintia is owned by Vega Sicilia. Pintia is located further west alongthe Duero River inside the warmer D.O. of Toro. The 2005 Pintia is 100% Tintade Toro, opaque purple-colored, offering a complex perfume of pain grille,pencil lead, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to afull-bodied, ripe, layered wine with intense flavors, serious complexity, andexceptional length.
(Jay Miller- Wine Advocate- Feb 08)