I was introduced to this wine by David Sampedro Gil, the winemaker behind DSG Vineyards, a relatively new project looking to make a range of wines from some of Spain’s great terroirs. I was really taken by it: it’s a serious effort, and one of the best young Riojas I have tried. UK agent is Bibendum Wine.
Phincas 2008 Rioja, Spain
A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 10% Garnacha and 5% Viura. Brooding, fresh, ripe black fruits nose is sweet and savoury at the same time. The palate is dense yet fresh with elegant cherry and berry fruits and good acidity. Pronounced minerality and fine spicy structure add interest. Taut and dense; refined and elegant. Superb definition. 94/100
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