2014 Vega Sicilia, "Pintia" Toro

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2014 Vega Sicilia, "Pintia" Toro

France Has Lafite, Italy Has Gaja And Spain Has Vega Sicilia!
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We've said it before and we'll say it again:

"If Pintia had a different zip code, it would be 5x the price!"

Vega Sicilia is the most iconic winery in Spain. The estate's wines are on every wine-lover's bucket list. At $450 per bottle, their flagship "Unico" from Rioja falls outside the budget of most.

However, many don't realize that Vega Sicilia has a world-class property in Toro, Spain!

There, the mountainous vineyards experience hot, dry summers and cold, harsh winters. It is fruit from this terroir that makes our jaws drop in enjoyment with every Pintia release!

Here's what we love most about this wine:

If you love Tempranillo this is a home run!

If you love Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a grand slam!  It has location, producer, and vintage - the perfect hat-trick!

Silky oak spice, black and blue fruit, pipe tobacco and mocha overtones.  Vanilla essence on the sweet cassis and blackberry palate.  Long and textured, "it has a great mouthfeel, with the wild berry, aromatic herbs and spicy flavors lingering in your mouth. This is a great vintage for Pintia." Wine Advocate

The press above doesn't do this stunning wine justice!

It is a deep, robust red that will pair well with steak and grilled lamb. Of course, we thoroughly enjoy this wine on its own and could make a meal of it simply with a wedge of Manchego!  

$76.95 per bottle / $923.40 per case

Summary


DECANTER

95 / 100

"This is a really elegant expression of Toro that will continue to develop - Pintia showing that it's finding its feet. It has aromas of violets and delicate cedar, with a fresh, balanced, rounded palate displaying rich, dense notes of redcurrant and damson that run smoothly over the tongue. There's an edge of acidity and a finishing boom of warmth. A subtle change in the oak regime sees this in 90% new oak (rather than the traditional 100%), and 80% French and 20% American oak (a shift towards more French oak). Drinking Window 2019 - 2029"

WINE ADVOCATE

94 / 100

"The 2014 Pintia matured in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels for approximately one and a half years. It is a slightly riper year than 2013, and the wine is more powerful but at the same time I found it extremely aromatic, expressive and open, quite typical from Toro. It is a more elegant style, with less rusticity, and the tannins are fine-grained, present and quite abundant but also quite round. It has a great mouthfeel, with the wild berry, aromatic herbs and spicy flavors lingering in your mouth. This is a great vintage for Pintia. With time in the glass, it still shows some smoky undertones that make it feel quite young."


Product Details


Producer: Vega Sicilia

Country: Spain

Region: Toro

Sub Region: Others

Varietal: Tempranillo

Vintage: 2014

Size: 750ml

Code: W07001-1-1