|90||Vinous Media||Deep ruby. Pungent, spice-tinged cherry and red currant scents are complemented by smoky mineral and coconut nuances. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red berry and bitter cherry flavors that show good energy and take a sweeter turn with air. Finishes smooth and long, with easygoing tannins adding shape to lingering red berry and spicecake notes. Raised in used American and French oak barrels. 2021 – 2025
Josh Raynolds - April 2021
|89||View from the Cellar||The Pingao 2016 Rioja is made up solely from tempranillo and is aged only four months in older barrels, with seventy-five percent of the casks made of American oak and twenty-five percent older French barriques. The wine offers up a very pretty nose of cherries, black raspberries, incipient Rioja spice tones (mostly clove and nutmeg), a lovely base of salty soil tones, a bit of coconutty oak and a nice flourish of nutskin in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and flat out delicious, with a respectable core, lovely soil signature, just a bit of backend tannin and a long, vibrant, complex and already slightly velvety finish. This is really good, “basic” Rioja that is tasty out of the blocks and will be even better three or four years down the road. Very old school and a terrific value! 2019-2035+.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018