Comparing the 2005 Pintia against the 2004, I prefer the aromatics of the 2005, which are beautiful ' pure, lifted red fruit, briar, a touch of smoke and minerals. The palate is very well-balanced with supple ripe tannins and fine acidity. There is plenty of red-berry fruit here lending the 2005 an attractive fleshy texture, although there is something slightly foursquare about the finish, with hints of spice, black tea and cracked black pepper on the aftertaste. Still, this is the best of the mature Pintia wines.
Author: Neal Martin
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
100% Tinta de Toro aged 12 months in 100% new oak (70% French, 30% US). A delicate note of vanilla mingles with the smoky dark fruit. Youthful tannins are firm yet still seem to melt in your mouth like chocolate. Minerally and fresh to the end even though there is considerable richness and weight. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
This solid red delivers ripe plum and blackberry fruit, backed by meat and mineral notes over firm tannins. Harmonious, with a bitter chocolate finish.
Opaque deep purple. Clean developing bouquet of dusty soil, blue and black fruit and sawdust. Dry, intense palate of red earth, blackberry and wood-smoke. Full-bodied with moderate acid and ETOH to produce a gripping mouthfeel and complex, densely structured wine. Food wine for sure....certainly enough here to age for quite some time, in fact I recommend it.