Viñedos De Páganos Rioja El Puntido 2005


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Vinedos De Paganos Rioja El Puntido 2005 has intense aromas of black fruits with pencil shavings and toast, lead into a full and generous palate with good structure showing hints of spice with the fruit. Delicious now, but will certainly keep for several more years.

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2005
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Modern classic
Drink With: Pastilla

The Viñedos De Páganos winery in Rioja is surrounded by the vineyards of El Puntido, a steep slope of 25 hectares with a southerly orientation that was planted with Tempranillo in 1975. Thanks to limited yields and to careful viticulture, Viñedos De Páganos Rioja El Puntido is produced. It is a wine that is very much of its terroir, made to highlight the quality of the Tempranillo and the soil it grows in. Unlike many other Riojas, El Puntido is not made with traditional classifications in mind. It could be marketed as a Rioja Reserva, but that is not its raison d'être. Instead, the Eguren family make the best wine they can from the raw materials they possess and they age it as they see fit. In the modern fashion, El Puntido is aged for 18 months in French oak barriques before being bottled.

Jay S. Miller writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2005 El Puntido is 100% Tempranillo sourced from a vineyard of the same name planted in 1975. Malolactic fermentation was sur lie in new French oak for four months followed by 18 months in new French barriques. Purple/black-coloured with a brooding nose of great promise, it shows off notes of new oak, crushed stone, scorched earth, roasted herbs, incense, and blackberry. Voluminous yet elegant on the palate, it is mouth-filling and rich with gobs of fruit and plenty of ripe tannin. Give this lengthy effort 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it from 2016 to 2030. 94 Points

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