2006 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido

Year: 2006
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
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"The 2006 El Puntido is purple-colored with a fragrant nose of wood smoke, espresso, Asian spices, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, round and smooth-textured, this opulent effort is loaded with luscious fruit and has enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink this lengthy effort from 2016 to 2026.

Vinedos de Paganos, one of the outstanding Rioja estates, is owned by the Eguren family. The El Puntido cuvee comes from the single Tempranillo vineyard of the same name planted in 1975. It is typically aged in new French oak for 18 months before bottling without filtration." (WA)

"($63; 100% tempranillo) Deep, vivid ruby. Powerful scents of blackcurrant, cherry preserves, woodsmoke and sassafras, with slow-building rose and violet qualities. Broad, fleshy dark berry liqueur and candied violet flavors are framed by velvety tannins, picking up cracked pepper and spice notes with air. A serious, chewy, delineated wine that develops seductive sweetness and lively Asian spice character on the long, sappy finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Oaky on the nose with notes of red currant and dark raspberry. Creamy body of delicious cherry, plum and cassis fruit above soft vanilla. A very pretty wine, with long length and amazing complexity and balance. The grapes for this wine come from the vineyard El Puntido, 61.74 acres, in Paganos- Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa. The soils are franc-clay texture and calcareous clay composition. De-stemmed by hand with a rigorous inspection of every grape. Cold prefermentative maceration at 6º C. for the first 5 days and macerated with the skins for 13 days. Fermented in French oak barrels of 8,000 kg capacity at 28º C during 10 days. Pumped over 3 times a day during the first 5 days of fermentation and once a day during the last 5 days of fermentation. Post-fermentative maceration for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in new French Bordelaise oak barrels.