Pintia (Vega Sicilia) Toro DO 2017 1.5 L (Castilla Leon, Spain) - [CWA 97] [JS 95] [WA 94] [DM 94]

(Vega Sicilia) Toro DO 2017 1.5 L
(Castilla Leon, Spain) - [CWA 97] [JS 95] [WA 94] [DM 94]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
As is the case of all TEMPOS Vega Sicilia wines, the harvest is by hand with the fruit being placed in 12-kg boxes and grapes, once in the winery, they are left in a cold chamber for 12 hours in order to preserve their fruit intensity.

Along with the selection on the wine, a double sorting is carried out in the winery. This first removes those bunches that may have been wrongly picked in the field and the second focuses on the substandard berries that are found on optimum bunches. A cold maceration is carried out for 5 days prior to fermentation in oak wood vats.

The malolactic fermentation is 100% carried out in wood and the ageing in 70% French and 30% American during 12 months.

Tasting Notes
These wines are highly intense in colour and depth, cherry red in tone with purplish hues. It is broad, very clean, expressive and elegant on the nose, with a great fruit intensity cocooned in a subtle way and of great quality. It has a great structure and a good tannic presence in the mouth and is persistent, fresh and very pleasant to the palate. Floral hints in retronasal.

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - California Wine Advisors:
“The 2017 Pintia is rich and velvety with a bountiful portion of dark fruit and notes of deep cocoa reminiscent of favorite Napa Cabernet blends from 2016 or 2018. The delightful mix of black and red fruit delivered pleasure now with a creamy + satisfying finish that reminded us of walnut brownies. Best ever Pintia?” - California Wine Advisors

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Lots of spices and bright fruit for such a ripe, hot vintage. Some orange-peel undertones. Full-bodied and layered with beautiful fruit and length. Really nicely done. Another two or three years will soften it." (Aug 2021) 

94 Points -  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Toro (almost) didn't suffer the frost of 2017 that decimated Ribera del Duero, and in that early harvest, the grapes for the 2017 Pintia were picked between September 6th and 17th trying to keep the freshness and acidity. They also did a softer extraction, reduced the percentage of wine that went through malolactic in barrel and used less American oak for the élevage, trying to achieve a more elegant wine. Still the wine is ripe, juicy, round and powerful at 15% alcohol, with a mellow palate with a pH of 3.9 and 4.5 grams of acidity. The wine matured in new and used oak barrels for 12 months. It feels quite fresh and harmonious, not showing any heat, not as fresh and atypical as 2016. It keeps the poise and the balance and has abundant but fine tannins. These wines repay time in bottle, and even if approachable now, it should get better with time. It's like a refined version of the 2015. A triumph over the adverse conditions of the year. 204,240 bottles, 6,720 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in May 2019." - Luis Gutierrez (30th Dec 2021)

94 Points -  Decanter:
"Vega Sicilia has 110ha in Toro; 72% of the vines on their own rootstocks (a feature of Toro’s phylloxera-resistant soils). Inky colour, with exuberant aromas of blackberries, cranberries and cedar. The palate is all about power, balanced by fine freshness. The dark fruits are overload by black pepper and cumin spices. They are easing back the oak: 35% of the malolactic is in barrel. Only 20% of the ageing is in American oak, the rest French. Drinking Window 2023 - 2027." -Sarah Jane Evans MW (6/30/21)