Viñedos De Páganos Rioja El Puntido 2016 from Eguren family
Tasting notes, Robert Parker 93 points
The 2016 El Puntido is produced from the vineyard planted around the winery that names the wine, a large 25 hectare plot of Tempranillo. Cropped from a cold and wet vintage, it has a floral character not often seen in these wines. It's amazing to see how well some of the wines from such a challenging vintage are turning out, with purity and freshness, keeping the identity but with a perfume that is not that common. Honestly, I prefer this to the warmer and riper years.
100 % Tempranillo.
Single-vineyard wine from El Puntido, of 25 Hcts. Soils of
franc-clay texture and calcareous-clay composition with a deep sandy rocky sub-soil. Altitude: 600 m. High density of plantation on trellis and low yield. Organic fertilization.
Environmental integrated agriculture cultivation. Year of plantation: 1975.
Traditional method, 100 % de-stemmed.
Malolactic in barrel. Aged 16 months in new Bordelaise barrels of French oak.
Dark garnet red cherry , it displays a subtle nose with mineral notes, ripe fruit, liquor and chocolate and a background of white flowers. On the palate, it is powerful, with a good balance between ripe fruit and oak, with round tannins.
Drinking temperatures: 16-18 ºC