Wines

Sin Vivir 2011

Region: D.O.P. Vino de Calidad de Valtiendas
Winery: PAGO EL ALMENDRO

Grapes: 100% Tempranillo (Tinto Fino)
Vintage: 2011
Color: Red

This unique expression of tempranillo comes from a single 17 year old vineyard located in the village of Cuevas de Provanco; 870 meters above sea level. The vineyard has more chalky soil than the site used for the production of Vivencias. Grapes were harvested the last week of October.

Grapes were fermented with manual punch downs in single barrel with the head removed. The wine also saw malolactic fermentation in oak barrel. It was aged for a total of 14 months in 100% new Hermitage French oak barrel.

Reviews

Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 92 Very different, with an aromatic profile dominated by flowers, the 2011 Sin Vivir is a new top of the range cuvée of Tempranillo from 25-year-old vines on limestone soils at 930 meters altitude. The wine fermented and went through malo in 500-liter American oak barrel with 30% full clusters. The wine matured in new French oak barriques for 15 months. There are dried roses, Asian spices, and wild strawberries with some smoky and balsamic undertones; it is very aromatic and attractive, and makes you go back to the glass over and over again to smell it. The palate is medium-bodied with intense, pungent flavors lifted by the alcohol and abundant, dusty and fine-grained tannins. There is a nice combination of power and elegance.
Issue 221, October 2015
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 92 Brilliant ruby-red. Vibrant mineral- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola and woodsmoke, with a sexy Asian spice nuance gaining power with air. Sweet and incisive on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry flavors and a suave floral pastille quality. There's an almost pinot-like clarity to this wine. Finishes tangy and long, with no obvious tannins.
Issue 170, Sept/Oct 2013