Pinea wine is a name whispered with reverence among connoisseurs of Spanish wine. This Ribera del Duero work of art, crafted by Dominio de Pinea, is a symphony of complexity and elegance—a testament to the region's unique terroir and the winery's unwavering commitment to quality.
This wine showcases a deep garnet color with ruby hues, a testament to its extensive aging. The aroma is rich, dominated by ripe black fruits like plums, cherries, and cassis, interwoven with subtle notes of toasted bread and spices. On the palate, the wine is rich, full-bodied, and remarkably well-balanced. Expressive tannins lend excellent structure, while acidity adds refreshing refinement. Its long, elegant finish maintains notes of currants, licorice, and dark chocolate.
91 points from WINE SPECTATOR.
Considering the outstanding success and popularity of wines produced by Bodegas Pinea, it's hard to believe that this company was born merely 7 years ago, thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of two childhood friends from Mexico — Hugo Del Pozzo and Vicente Pliego. Driven by their shared hobby, they crossed continents and settled in Valladolid with a mission to create truly impressive wine. There, in Ribera del Duero, the birthplace of Spain's most exclusive red wines, they acquired around 40 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards and began producing wines under the Bodega Pinea label. As the project grew successful, they managed to enlist the expertise of Isaac Fernández, an outstanding enologist and one of the most influential figures in Spain.
Pinea is a wine where terroir holds utmost importance. 'Magic happens in the field,' says Del Pozzo. In the Ribera del Duero region, the wine produced differs from all other Tempranillo in Spain. The local vineyards are positioned around 900 meters above sea level on average, which allows them to be sun-drenched from all sides. The climate here is harsh, with daily temperature swings of up to 20 degrees Celsius. All of this imparts a special character to the grapes - thicker skins, darker color, and acidity, which undoubtedly reflects in the wine's complex and robust character.
Pinea wine is the result of careful labor, with meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the process. Grapes are handpicked in small baskets to avoid accidental damage. Fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic, takes place in new and old French oak barrels. The use of French oak, with its subtle notes of vanilla and spices, adds additional complexity to the wine. The aging process varies depending on the harvest but typically lasts 18-24 months. After aging, the wine is meticulously blended and bottled unfiltered.
Pinea wine stands out with its bold taste. It pairs perfectly with grilled red meat, braised lamb, hearty stews, as well as aged cheeses or dark chocolate.
The recommended serving temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.
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