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Viñedos de Páganos El Puntido Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

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TEMPRANILLO
EARTHY & COMPLEX
ORGANIC FARMING
BOTTLE CLUB 2023 and CRITIC SCORE 90+

Viñedos de Páganos El Puntido Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

The Eguren family produce El Puntido Gran Reserva from a selection of higher altitude, sloped, and lower yielding parcels of the El Puntido estate vineyard. The wine is produced every vintage but in significantly varying quantities depending on the conditions of the vintage. All of the wines from El Puntido display a distinctly mineral, fresh, and savory character emanating from the limestone quality in the soil. This wine displays all of the savory and developed character expected of a great Gran Reserva married with the freshness, fruit, structure, and ageability of the great Gran Reservas of yesteryear.

  • Farming: Practicing organic dry farmed viticulture with certain selective biodynamic practices. Vineyards trained as spur-pruned goblet vines as well as high density trellises. Manual work and harvest, with no mechanization whatsoever.
  • Variety: Tempranillo 100%, planted 1975
  • Terroir: Páganos-Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa. El Puntido vineyard on calcareous clay soils that are typical to Laguardia. Limestone rich clay soils that are sandwiched between large slabs of lime-sandstone mother rock.
  • Vinification: The grapes undergo rigorous double-manual sorting, both before and after destemming. 100% of the clusters are destemmed, but not crushed. Temperature controlled fermentation in 5,000L vats (inoculated) with neutral yeasts selected and cultured from their vineyards and cellars. Maceration lasts 20-30 days. Malolactic fermentation is spontaneous and is carried out in new barrique.
  • Aging: 28 months in new French barrique in subterranean cellars. The first six months are carried out sur lie. The wine is racked every four to six months.
  • Scores: 97 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): I was greatly impressed by the 2008 El Puntido Gran Reserva, a wine with a more traditional profile than the majority of wines from the Eguren family. At age 14, the wine is glorious, still young and with a mixture of primary and more developed notes. It goes more in the direction of the old wines, with balsamic notes of incense and cedarwood, mushrooms and some berries and herbs. It's complex and elegant, with fully resolved tannins. This was bottled back in May 2011, so it's been in bottle for over a decade, and the texture shows it. It has 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.55. This matured in brand-new French oak barrels for 28 months, and the wine has absorbed the oak completely. Drink: 2022-2035. (7/14/22)