(Vega Sicilia) Toro DO 2015
(Castilla Leon, Spain) - [JS 95] [WA 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.
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
"A very structured and intense Pintia with lots of blackberry, chocolate and cedar character. Full body. Yet, it's more refined than in past vintages. One of the more balanced bottlings from this winery. Delicious already. Available in 2020. Better after 2021." - (28 Jun, 2019)
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The only wine produced here is the 2015 Pintia, which, in the warm and dry 2015, reaches 15% alcohol and has moderate acidity and a creamy, soft texture, with plenty of concentration, ripeness and tannins. It fermented in oak vats and matured in oak barrels (new and used, French and American) for 12 months. It was a powerful vintage, and they did part of the malolactic fermentation in oak vats instead of 100% in barrique to keep some of the freshness, and they also have 15,000 liters of wine that can mature in stainless steel and rotate some lots in vat before they are put in barrique. All this goes in the direction of keeping the freshness of the wine in a zone where power comes naturally, and all the tools are welcomed, including the use of different toast in the barrels. All this seems to have paid off, and even if the wine is powerful and tannic, it has good balance and the tannins are fine-grained. This has reached a good balance between power and elegance. 203,857 bottles, 6,496 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in May 2017." - Luis Gutierrez (30th Dec 2019)