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Viñedos de Páganos 2006 El Puntido Gran Reserva Rioja
Viñedos de Páganos 2006 El Puntido Gran Reserva Rioja
Viñedos de Páganos 2006 El Puntido Gran Reserva Rioja

A good accumulation of showers during the winter period, with low temperatures during the month of April, resulting in late bud breaking. The late bud breaking develops with strength at the beginning of May with well balanced bunches. As the good weather continues throughout the month, the vineyard shows healthy vegetative development, with the vineyard being in full bloom throughout the second week of June. During the end of June and beginning of July the storms provoke mildew attacks which makes it difficult to control and results in a small loss of bunches. The rest of July remains dry with perfect temperatures. At the end of the month, the vineyard shows healthy vegetative development ahead of the cycle. In August due to an absence of storms, the weather is a lot drier with settled temperatures and low nocturnal temperatures. The anticipated evolution of the vineyard comes to a halt. During the last days of August and the beginning of September, the weather is dry and sunny with temperatures higher than average during the day and low or very low at night, ideal to achieve the perfect ripeness but slightly burning the bunches, resulting in dehydrated grapes. This therefore results in a rigorous selection of the grapes. The physiological ripeness occurs ahead of schedule, three weeks before reaching fenolic ripeness and two weeks before resulting in an early harvest during the third week of September, resulting in a healthy harvest with a high index of polifenoles and a superior level of sugar compared to a normal year.

James Suckling - 95 Points
"A lot of black tea and earthy character. Dark and powerful with considerable tannins for a Rioja of this age. Long, imposing finish."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 92 Points
"The 2006 El Puntido Gran Reserva is pure Tempranillo grapes from the Puntido vineyard that are selected from the eastern-most part of the vineyard close to Laguardia, which is more exposed to the north winds and gives a wine of marked tannins that needs more time in barrel and is ideal to create a Gran Reserva. This wine ages for 24-26 months in barrel and is kept in bottle for a further five years. The 2006 is still dark ruby-colored, with an open and expressive nose of leather, cold bonfire, incense and steak tartar notes and a medium-bodied palate with some gritty tannins and very pure flavors where the leather and meaty notes linger in the aftertaste. This is the most classical wine I've ever seen from the Eguren family, and an exceptional effort for the 2006 vintage. Modernity meets tradition!"

Wine Spectator - 92 Points
"This rich red delivers a mouthful of black currant fruit, with strong notes of espresso, tar and mineral. Full-bodied, backed by muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. A modern style."

Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points
"This burly Rioja opens with charred, burnt aromas of grilled beef, black coffee and lemon peel. Give it time to breathe and it becomes more fruity and friendly even as it shows grabby, hard tannins. Baked, brawny, herbal flavors of blackberry and toast finish spicy, with a coffee reprise."







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