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Viñedos de Páganos Rioja Gran Reserva "El Puntido" Rioja, Spain 2007


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PRODUCT OVERVIEW/REVIEWS:
Viñedos de Páganos is located in the Rioja Alavesa sub-zone and was founded in 1998 by Marcos and Miguel Eguren. They carved out their fermentation cellar into the cold rock beneath the very depths of the El Pundito vineyard in order to produce great wines that express the intrinsic characteristics and personality determined by the union of climate, soil and varietal. El Puntido is a tenuous slope of 25 hectares oriented toward the south, planted in 1975 to tempranillo in clay-loam soil with a subsoil of sandstone. These old vines produce ultra ripe grapes that retain the unique mineral characters of the vineyard. (importer notes)

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96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Putting my nose in the glass of the 2007 El Puntido Gran Reserva transported me to the classical Riojas from yesteryear. The wine has a fully developed nose with all the textbook descriptors of a good aged Rioja—forest floor, cigar ash, cold bonfire, truffle, cherries in liqueur, blonde tobacco, spices and iodine. But this is a classical Gran Reserva that has something that was not that traditional, and it comes from a single vineyard and matured in brand new French oak barrels for 28 months. But time in bottle has polished it (it was bottled in June 2010, almost nine years ago); the tannins are mostly resolved and it's nicely textured. It has what I love about the best red wine—it's salty rather than sweet, there is no room for sweetness here, and it's sapid and tasty and has great balance and freshness. This is developing at a very slow pace and should continue doing so for a very long time. A great Gran Reserva in the making." (6/28/19)

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
"A much smaller production that was aged longer (28 months) in new French oak, the 2007 El Puntido Gran Reserva comes from the same vineyard as the El Puntido but is a parcel selection. Blackcurrants, plums, smoked earth, incense, and violet notes all emerge from this elegant, silky, beautifully polished wine that's full-bodied, has fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It has power, but this is more about finesse and elegance." (9/6/19)

93 points, Vinous:
"Shimmering ruby-red. A complex, expressive bouquet displays red currant, cherry, cigar box, vanilla and pipe tobacco scents that expand with air and pick up a suggestion of potpourri. Seamless and broad in the mouth, offering intense red berry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Silky tannins add gentle grip to a long, smooth finish that strongly echoes the floral note." (4/21)

92 points, James Suckling:
"A more modern nose with plenty of toasty oak on offer, as well as fresh blueberries and plums. The palate delivers the same fruit-oak interplay with good, fresh plum ahead of mocha on the finish. Drink or hold." (8/2/18)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: Viñedos de Páganos
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub-Region: Rioja Alavesa
Appellation: DOCa
Village/Vineyard/Climat: El Puntido Vineyard
Quality Designation: DOCa
Grape Varietals: 100% Tempranillo
Vintage: 2007
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Viticultural Features: Calcareous clay composition with a sandstone subsoil with a  distinctly high mineral content.
Winemaking Techniques: Aged 28 months in new Bordelaise French Oak barrels with 6 months sur lie, bottled in May 2009.
Winemaker: Marcos and Miguel Eguren
Pack/Size: 12/750
Container Type: Burgundy style bottle
Closure Style: natural cork

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