2006 Pintia (Vega Sicilia) Toro

SKU #1047171

Toro, located slightly upstream from Ribera del Duero, is known for big, bold fruity reds based on a variation of Tempranillo known as "tinto del pais." Vines are very old in this region, often exceeding 80 years of age. While wines like Termanthia receive big points and critical attention, the Pintia is more elegant, right in line with Vega Sicilia's approach; drink it young for its power and youth, or age - the wine should drink terrifically for at least a decade. This is another ideal way to familiarize yourself with Vega Sicilia's wines without feeling too extravagant. According to Wine Spectator: "Black cherry, coffee and mineral notes mingle in this solid red. There's assertive tannins, but bright acidity provides balances, and the finish is clean and fruity. Drink now through 2014." (11/09)

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By: Muksi | Review Date: 12/31/2009
This Toro was just Ok for me, nothing stood out for for the price. I would rather go for the cheaper Numanthia Termes (2006) which was much more opulent and rich.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.