The 2005 Tinto del Pais spent 3 months in seasoned French and American oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Purple/black-colored, it offers up a bouquet of roasted mineral, prunes, dates, and black cherry. Firm and structured on the palate.
[A] serious, higher-end effort from Cigales that shows nice licorice and tobacco aromas. Velvety and tight on the palate, with restrained raspberry flavors sitting in front of oak-based mocha. Good structure; the acidity keeps it lively and the oak gives it depth.
A more exact and rewarding Cigales red than most. It has a spot of mushroom and roughness to the nose, but the palate is well structured, with plenty of kick and some astringency coming from tannic bite, acidity and secondary oak notes. Traslanzas is not a factory wine and this is a strong effort for 2003, a notoriously hot year. Expect even better in 2004 and 2005.
The Translanzas Vineyard was planted to Tinto del País in 1940 by the Pinacho family. The first vintage of the wine was 1998. The 2003 Tinto del País was aged for 13 months in French and American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it is almost Barolo-like aromatically with notes of road tar as well as pepper and blackberry. This leads to a firm, structured wine with 5-7 years of aging potential, excellent intensity, and a 40-second finish. Give it the requisite time in the cellar and drink it through 2025.