Phinca Hapa tinto
Vineyard : A west-facing vineyard located in the village of Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, perched atop a hill at 2,100 feet (646 meters). A 2.9 ha parcel of white chalky limestone soil planted in 1967. This plot has been undergoing biodynamic conversion since its purchase in 2015.
Appellation : DOCa Rioja (sub-region: Rioja Alavesa)
Varieties : 94% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano.
Harvest and Production : Hand-harvested in 10 kg cases following a rigorous selection in the vineyard. Full clusters are fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine is pressed and matured in 500-liter French oak barrels for one year.
Reviews for Vintage 2016 (First vintage for this wine):
- The red 2016 Phinca Hapa Tinto is from the same plot used for the white, as the lower parts were planted with Tempranillo in 1967. There is also some Graciano in the blend. The full clusters fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 500-liter French oak barrels for one year. There is great freshness and perfume, wild flowers and berries, mild spices and a fine palate. This has a different style due to being fermented with full clusters, a little lighter and fruit forward, with a shorter élevage, different and quite approachable. 7,000 bottles were filled in November 2017. This is the first year they worked this vineyard, and it’s an impressive debut. Drink 2018 – 2023.
93+ pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #235 (Feb. 2018)
- Made like many of the wines at brother winery Bhilar with whole bunch fermentation, this Tempranillo-based red also includes some field-blended Garnacha and Graciano. Dense, sappy and savoury, with white pepper and clove spice and muscular tannins. Drink 2020-24.
92/100 Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2018
- Impressive, complex earthy and spicy aromas in this really alluring, fresh and vibrant Rioja. The palate has a juicy, even and supple feel with a deep-set core of brambly fruit flavors wrapped in spice-laced tannins. Great wine. A blend of tempranillo and graciano. Drink or hold.
93/100 — James Suckling (2018)