Viñedos De Páganos Rioja La Nieta 2017
Vinedos De Paganos Rioja La Nieta 2017 sees ripe black and red berry fruits dominate the aromas, with plenty of toasty oak. The palate is rich with pure black fruits, notes of coffee and minerals beneath. Full flavoured and powerful, it nonetheless shows elegance and finesse on its fine finish.
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Oaky elegance
Drink With: Roast rib of beef
Viñedos de Páganos is the only holding of the Eguren family in the Rioja Alavesa and this single vineyard Finca La Nieta has produced a majestic wine from the high density plantings of Tempranillo.
Jay S. Miller writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2017 La Nieta is a 5,000-bottle cuvée of pure Tempranillo sourced from a single vineyard in Páganos (Laguardia). The singularity of this 1.75 hectare plot of vineyards is that the bedrock is almost on the surface, with 18% active chalk in it. In other words, it’s a very poor soil where the vines struggle to survive and produce small bunches of concentrated grapes, especially the vines that are planted directly on the rock. That’s why they select it grape by grape. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel with pumping-over and the wine transferred to new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation is carried out and the wine ages for 18 months. It has a very fresh nose of small berries with a lactic, spicy note starting to develop complexity. The medium-bodied palate has fine tannins, very good acidity with plenty of stuffing in a serious wine with great balance and length. With time and air it develops a subtle balsamic note of aromatic herbs. It’s a great elegant, subtle Rioja. Drink 2020-2036. 98 Points