Thursday, June 13, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - Viñedos de Páganos Rioja El Puntido

**Disclaimer: I received this bottle for free from the winery representative at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour. (Thank you Ana!!!)

I look forward to the Wine Spectator Grand Tour each year to try some new wines, and to check out the latest offerings from favorite wineries. We tend to spend a good amount of time in the Spanish wine section to sample old favorites like Alto Moncayo, Muga, El Nido, and Emilio Morro. This year, we also tried a Rioja from Viñedos de Páganos that was really awesome. At the end of the event, the winery representative was nice enough to give me a bottle so I could do an "official" Wino4Life review.  I was very surprise and delighted, but as always will give an honest assessment. 

Wine: 2008 Viñedos de Páganos Rioja El Puntido
Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
Obtained from: Winery at Wine Spectator Grand Tour in Las Vegas
Price: Free for Review, Retails at about $50
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark reddish purple - much darker than most Riojas, and it is likely unfiltered.
Aroma: Intense dark blackberry fruit, coffee and a bit of vanilla.
Taste: Very big and bold, with a good amount of tannins, and nicely acidic.  Really delicious,  nicely balanced, with a nice long finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A. This wine is a more expensive Rioja at around $50, but the quality of the wine is apparent. The "El Puntido" name comes from the name of the single vineyard from which this wine is made.  This wine could stand to age for at least two or three more years so the tannins will mellow, but I believe it would be worth the wait. It would be a great accompaniment to a meal featuring your favorite red meat - nicely grilled.  I was honored to be given a bottle of this to review, and if I can find it I will be purchasing more to put away for a couple of years. I also look forward to trying it with some nice Spanish cheese.

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