Vinedos de Paganos La Nieta 2011
The Eguren family strove to produce a world class wine from the miniscule Finca La Nieta, a vineyard with shallower, poorer soils, and a superior microclimate than the neighboring El Puntido vineyard. The product is Viñedos de Páganos’ flagship wine, La Nieta. The Eguren family wanted to use this vineyard to display the subtlety and elegance that Tempranillo can represent, and they have achieved this with La Nieta.
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The 2011 La Nieta is a 4,000-bottle cuvee of pure Tempranillo sourced from a single vineyard in Paganos (Laguardia). As one would expect, this 2011 is extremely young, but keeps the freshness you always find in the wines from this vineyard, perhaps with a little more structure than the 2010. It is dense, powerful yet elegant. The nose is extremely primary with notes of fruit (ripe peach), licorice, and the oak perfectly folded into the juicy wine showing just a hint of spices. This is a great La Nieta in the making. Drink 2016-2030.
Deep, dense and penetrating on the nose with the power of graphite, blackberry and mocha aromas, La Nieta is a wide-awake, bright wine that's chomping at the bit to get out of the bottle and run. Coffee, mocha and blackberry aromas are oaky for sure, with toast, vanilla and creamy notes driving a long finish. Drink through 2026.
The black cherry, blackberry, licorice and mineral flavors are rich and concentrated in this big red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, with enough balsamic acidity for balance. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2025.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.