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Pujanza Finca Valdepoleo 2019

Pujanza Finca Valdepoleo



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

Finca Valdepoleo is one of Pujanza's most emblematic vineyards. A vineyard characterised by a soil with more clay in its composition than the one that gives rise to Pujanza Norte, and where each year Carlos San Pedro and his team carry out precise work on parcels of land following orographic criteria. The 2011 vintage year was the right time to launch his own wine, called in full Pujanza Finca Valdepoleo, a limited production wine, authentic in every single vintage.

Finca Valdepoleo is a classy wine. Elegant. Fruit-forward. It reflects the Tempranillo's character extremely well, delivering very ripe and fresh fruit, blackberries and blueberries, yet the ageing notes starting things off —definitely very well integrated—, sweet toasty touches, aromas of incense and charcoal, fine wood, subtle leather, aromas of undergrowth and damp leaves, with a dry undertone of tobacco... which might lead us to suppose a blend with an international varietal. An interesting, evocative wine, particularly evocative on the nose.

Finca Valdepoleo is also a Rioja in every sense of the word. It pleases lovers of both classic and modern Rioja. It's been made expertly and very tastefully. It has moderate acidity, making it especially pleasant on the palate, and setting the wine up for really decent cellaring. The primary aromas stand out and the fruit is powerful, yet at no point does it show any excesses of concentration nor overwhelm, just enveloped by a pleasing minerality and balsamic touch. Such a pleasure to drink.

NOTE: With differences according to the nature of each vintage, this wine began exhibiting its finest qualities from the fourth year. We recommend aerating or decanting this wine half an hour before serving.

What does this wine taste like?

Picota cherry red / Intense / Deeply-coloured / Violet rim
Higly aromatic / Fruit aromas / Undergrowth / Blackberries / Blueberries / Mineral notes / Sweet spices / Elegant
Powerful / Fruit notes / Mineral / Lovely / Elegant

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Poultry / Small game dishes / Meat casseroles / Mushrooms / Black rice / Rice dishes / Lamb

Ratings and awards

202093 PK
201992 PK93 SK
201894+ PK
201792+ PK
201693+ PK
201592 PK92 PN
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The single-vineyard red 2018 Finca Valdepoleo follows the line of the 2016, two cooler years. It's a fairly large plot that was planted in 1973 in the village of Laguardia on limestone and clay soils at 630 meters in altitude. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and also with some stems (something they don't normally do), and it matured in French oak barrels for one year. The finesse of this wine captured me, and I believe this is the finest vintage for this vineyard bottling. When I poured the whole range and had a quick look at all the wines, this one made me raise my eyebrows. It's elegant, subtle and pure, floral and aromatic, really expressive and captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and nicely integrated oak. It's a modern version of the 2013. Truly outstanding. 60,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 94+ PARKER

Customer reviews

8 reviews


Ageing period14 months
Type of woodFrench oak


Finca Valdepoleo

YieldsLow yields
Surface area18.00 hectares

The winery

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza is located within the municipality of Laguardia, at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, in a really beautiful part of the Rioja Alavesa, on the edge of the vine-growing region. Pujanza started out on its path in 1998, under the direction of Carlos San Pedro, descended from a family of vine growers with three generations of experience accumulated over time. Those very first bottles made on the family's premises held a unique wine which featured the...