Located close to the Ribera del Duero, the Toro designation area offers a few wines that are certainly worth an extra journey. The Alvarez family, owners of the famous Vega Sicilia bodega, established their presence in this designation area in the mid-90s, buying an estate of around one hundred hectares on the banks of the Duero river. One section of the estate had already been planted with tempranillo vines (or Tinta de Toro) aged between 25 and 50 years. The first vintage was born in 2001. In a designation area known for its austere wines, the Bodegas Pintia's philosophy was to retain a maximum amount of fruitiness and freshness in its wines while avoiding the risks of over-ripe grapes. The Bodega Pintia is managed by Pablo Alvarez, member of the family that owns the Vega Sicilia, who also heads up the Alion, Tokaj Oremus and Alquiriz bodegas. From the 40,000 bottles produced for the first vintage, production gradually rose to between 250,000 and 300,000 bottles, as the land that had been until now unused was planted in 1995.
About the cuvée
Wines here are aged for 12 months in new wood barrels (French and American), and after a few years of ageing, they develop delicious and complex aromas of red and dark fruits (black cherry, blackberry), enhanced by elegant toasted and spicy notes. Showing exceptional aftertaste, they can often boast significant ageing potential (around twenty years).
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.