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Pinea 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • WS 95
  • JS 94
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Pinea 2018 is an exquisite artisan wine from Bodegas Pinea Del Duero, crafted with utmost care and dedication to showcase the essence of the terroir. It takes inspiration from the majestic Pinea tree, the oldest and tallest in the region, symbolizing the deep-rooted connection with the land. Sourced from 30-year-old vines, some of which are over 90 years old, growing at an altitude of 3,000 ft on clay-loam terrain, Pinea embodies the essence of the Spanish terroir.
The 2018 vintage benefited from near-perfect climate conditions, which contributed to the wine’s exceptional structure and complexity. The grapes recovered from the late freeze of April 2017, and two years of organic and bio-dynamic viticulture further enhanced their quality. The manual harvesting in small baskets and careful grape selection ensured that only the finest grapes were used in the winemaking process.
In appearance, Pinea 2018 is an unctuous wine with a deep ruby red color and a garnet rim, displaying high and deep layers that catch the light beautifully. On the nose, a grand melange of fruit, floral, and spicy tones delights the senses. Dominant aromas of black fruit, such as blackberries, ripe black plum, dried fig, strawberries, and black cassis, mingle with exquisite perfumy scents of hibiscus, cocoa, violets, and lavender. Hints of mineral notes, mild tobacco leaves, fresh leather, and an elegant toasted background complete the aromatic profile.
The palate reveals a medium-bodied wine with a powerful and elegant approach, accompanied by a velvety and rich texture that carries through from the front to the back palate. Sculpted tannins are seamlessly integrated, and the wine displays perfect balance with vibrant acidity and a long, savory finish. Flavors of black forest fruits, blackberries, and ripe black plum are complemented by scents of eucalyptus, clove, black pepper, mild nuttiness, coffee, and smoke, which enrich the harmonious finish.
Renowned critics have applauded Pinea 2018, with Wine Spectator awarding it an impressive 95 points. The wine’s rich and concentrated character, coupled with its freshness and elegance, leaves a lasting impression on the palate. James Suckling also praises the wine with 94 points, highlighting its spiced plum and blackberry notes, along with sweet spices, dark chocolate, and wet earth. The polished texture, fine-grained tannins, and vivid acidity add a juicy and crunchy character, making it an exceptional wine to enjoy now or to hold for further aging until 2033.

7 reviews for Pinea 2018

  1. Rolanda Kilmer

    Dark ruby wine with improved flavors after decanting for an hour. Prominent acidity and grip, accompanied by notes of black cherry.

  2. Michelle Banks

    Flickinger Customer Appreciation Tasting in Chicago: Young, rich black cherry with a complex spicebox. Needs time to age gracefully.

  3. Katherine Harris

    This wine offers flavors of berries, dry plums, earthy tannins, cherries, currants, and smoky notes.

  4. Julie Mcgee

    Intensely sweet with dark fruit notes and prominent oak. Thick and almost overwhelming. Needs more time, but not my preferred style.

  5. Vincent Mendez

    Needs aging. Wait minimum 5 years.

  6. Teresa Bell

    “Dads Cellar’s exclusive ‘Hogs Head’ delivers ripe cherry and red berries with hints of dried herbs. A dark cherry and menthol palate, with a weighty, waxy feel. Precisely crafted for a full-bodied, international style. Pleasurable earthy finish. Perfect for steak lovers.”

  7. Michael Smock

    Better balance than the 2017 vintage. Var “svesket” (plummy).

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Critical Acclaim

WS 95
Wine Spectator
This full-bodied red is rich and concentrated, yet fresh and elegant overall. Offers plush texture wrapped around a firm frame of sculpted tannins, carrying violet-laced notes of ripe black plum, dried fig, eucalyptus and spices. Hints of coffee and smoke enrich the lasting finish. Drink now through 2033. 835 cases made, 420 cases imported.
JS 94
James Suckling
Notes of spiced plums and blackberries with sweet spices, dark chocolate and wet earth on offer. Medium-to full-bodied with a polished texture, fine-grained tannins and vivid acidity that adds juicy, crunchy character. Delicious dark fruit on the palate, with hints of spices to close. 100% tempranillo. Drink or hold.

What does Pinea 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, chocolate


Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, dark fruit, black cherry

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, anise, mint

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, tangerine


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with Pinea 2018

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Bodegas Pinea Del Duero
winemaking team at Bodegas Pinea Del Duero
Vicente Pliego and Hugo T. Del Pozzo at Bodegas Pinea Del Duero
In the picturesque Ribera del Duero winemaking region of Spain, Bodegas Pinea stands as a testament to the perfect harmony between nature's wisdom and human passion for winemaking. The winery was born from an inspiring conversation between lifelong friends Vicente Pliego and Hugo T. Del Pozzo under the canopy of a majestic Pinea tree. They were deeply moved by the idea of utilizing the exceptional characteristics of the land to craft one of the finest wines in the world. At Bodegas Pinea, a profound reverence for nature is at the core of their winemaking philosophy. The vineyard's meticulous care and adherence to centuries-old traditions ensure that every step of the winemaking process is a tribute to the land's bounty. Only at nature's perfect timing, the grapes are carefully...check our brand Bodegas Pinea Del Duero
Tempranillo Varietal
Tempranillo, one of the most renowned red grape varietals, has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world with its exceptional flavors and versatility. Originating from Spain, this grape has established its dominance in numerous wine regions, thanks to its adaptability and ability to express diverse terroirs. Tempranillo flourishes in several regions across the globe, but its heart lies in its homeland, Spain. The country's diverse climatic conditions and soil profiles provide the ideal foundation for this grape to thrive. In the renowned regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo revels in a continental climate characterized by hot, dry summers and cold winters. The clay and limestone-rich soils in these areas provide excellent drainage and contribute to the grape's balanced...Please check Tempranillo for more information

Winemaker of Pinea 2018

Isaac Fernandez

Isaac Fernandez

Isaac Fernandez, a renowned winemaker, boasts a remarkable legacy of over 25 years, crafting exquisite wines in the heart of Northern Spain. His winemaking philosophy revolves around honoring the unique character of each vineyard, fostering wines that harmoniously blend power, finesse, and purity while possessing the ability to mature gracefully over time. With a diverse portfolio, Isaac expertly produces an array of red, white, and sparkling wines sourced from six prestigious Denominations of Origin. From the iconic regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, and Cava, his creations continue to captivate wine enthusiasts with their distinct charm and captivating flavors.
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Ribera del Duero wine region
Nestled in the heart of Castilla y León in northern Spain, Ribera del Duero is a wine region steeped in history and renowned for producing some of Spain's most exceptional wines. Though it wasn't until 1982 that Ribera del Duero was awarded Denominación de Origen (DO) status, its winemaking heritage can be traced back centuries, with Bodegas Vega Sicilia, founded in 1864, serving as a pioneering estate in the area. The wine region takes its name from the Duero River, which divides the area and provides much-needed water supply to the local vineyards. The capital of Ribera del Duero, Aranda de Duero, boasts ancient... ...Check Region for more information

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