2003 Pintia (Vega Sicilia) Toro

SKU #1081186 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Brooding, very ripe, lightly roasted dark berry and plum aromas tinged by espresso, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Warm and toasty, with a strong oak spice accent to the roasted cherry and cassis flavors. With air, exotic oak spice and leather emerge, as well as solid, chunky tannins. Finishes ripe, deep and sweet, with strong berry liqueur and coffee flavors. Seriously ripe but also nicely balanced, the fruit just this side of roasted and compellingly sweet. (JR)  (9/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This concentrated red delivers plum, blackberry, coffee, mineral and game flavors, framed by muscular tannins that soften on the finish, where the fruit lingers.  (10/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Pintia has a fragrant nose similar to the 2002 with pressed flowers, minerals and hints of cedar-infused red fruit. The definition is impressive for a Toro in this vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannins and crisp acidity, although it does not quite have the precision and tension of the 2002 on the masculine, structured finish. (NM)  (4/2013)

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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.