Viñedos de Paganos - El Puntido

94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
Viñedos de Paganos - El Puntido - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Viñedos de Paganos - El Puntido

94 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate
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The 2018 El Puntido is lighter and fresher, with very fine tannins. The wine is in the process of being integrated after spending 16 months in brand-new French oak barrels and resting in tank for six months before bottling. These are powerful and concentrated wines, but in 2018 they are a little lighter.
Sourced from the vineyard that surrounds the winery in the village of Páganos, the 2014 El Puntido is pure Tempranillo aged in brand new French barriques for 16 months. You notice the difference in soils and altitude, and there's always some extra freshness here. It has aromas of fine woods and exotic spices, faintly balsamic and smoky. They also had to sort and declassify grapes to achieve the quality they are looking for. The palate shows the fine, chalky tannins and the lively acidity that should help it in its journey in bottle.
Type:
Red
Country:
Spain
Region:
La Rioja
Appellation:
Rioja
Producer:
Vinedos de Paganos
Grapes/Blend:
Tempranillo
ABV:
14.5%

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Vinedos de Paganos

Vinedos de Paganos

Winery founded in 1998 by the Eguren Family (Sierra Cantabria, Señorío de San Vicente, Viñedos de Páganos, Teso la Monja, Dominio de Eguren) in the Álava town of...
Winery founded in 1998 by the Eguren Family (Sierra Cantabria, Señorío de San Vicente, Viñedos de Páganos, Teso la Monja, Dominio de Eguren) in the Álava town of Páganos. The winery is sculpted under the cold rock, in the very bowels of the vineyard, with the aim of producing great wines that represent their own characteristics and personality that determines the union of climate, soil and vineyard varieties. The winery shares space with the exceptional El Puntido vineyard, an old word meaning a landing, similar to the terrace that it forms between the Sierra de Cantabria and the Ebro river depression. The area is under the influence of an Atlantic climate with nuances from Continental, sheltered from the cold north winds thanks to the Sierra de Cantabria.
Vinedos de Paganos
La Rioja

La Rioja

La Rioja is arguably Spain's most prestigious wine region, internationally renowned for its high-quality wines, particularly its refined reds. Located in northern Spain, the region benefits from a...
La Rioja is arguably Spain's most prestigious wine region, internationally renowned for its high-quality wines, particularly its refined reds. Located in northern Spain, the region benefits from a diverse climate that ranges from the cooler, wetter Atlantic influences in the west to the warmer, drier Mediterranean influences in the east, with the Ebro River playing a crucial role in moderating the climate. The Cantabrian Mountains also provide a barrier against harsh weather conditions from the north.

The region is best known for its robust, oak-aged red wines primarily made from the Tempranillo grape, which is the backbone of La Rioja's wine production. Other grapes such as Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano, and Mazuelo (Carignan) also play supporting roles in the blends. Rioja wines are classified into several categories based on their aging process: Rioja (the youngest), Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva, with the latter two requiring several years of aging in oak barrels and bottles before release.

La Rioja is divided into three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Oriental (formerly known as Rioja Baja). Each area brings its unique characteristics to the wines. Rioja Alta is known for its old-world style wines with a balance of structure and acidity; Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a full-bodied and aromatic profile due to its limestone-rich soils; Rioja Oriental, being warmer, typically yields wines that are richer and more intensely colored.

The region's commitment to quality and tradition, combined with innovations in winemaking techniques, ensures that La Rioja continues to produce wines that are appreciated globally for their depth, complexity, and longevity. The picturesque landscapes of vine-covered hills and historic bodegas (wine cellars) also make La Rioja a popular destination for wine tourism.
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