Pintia is owned and run by the Vega Sicilia estate. This brand is 96 hectares of vines with its own winemaking facilities. Using the know-how of Vega Sicilia they craft a stunning wine from 100% Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo). Aged for 12 months in new oak and released with a few years of age, it is a silky and seductive wine. Modern in style but delicious none-the-less. Drinkable from release it just evolves and changes with time in the bottle.
There is a lot to love about Toro. While Rioja and Ribera get all the attention, Toro can make some stunning Tempranillo albeit in a more intense style. The soils are a bit Burgundian with sandy clay over a limestone subsoil. The surface is intermixed with rounded stones that retain heat and radiate during the cool nights, helping the grapes achieve full ripeness. They have warm days and cold nights which allows for long growing seasons. The climate is dry – annual rainfall levels are less than half of Rioja and much less than Ribera del Duero.
Top quality grape grown all over the Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.