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TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

Pujanza Cisma is the star wine from Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza. It's made from Tempranillo grapes from the Finca La Valcabada, a small vineyard of 0.8 ha planted in 1925 by Carlos San Pedro's grandfather. Lying on sandy soils, the old ungrafted vines bring forth very poor yields but of a quality that only a few select plants can provide.

Work carried out in the vineyard targets excellence, removing superfluous clusters so as to concentrate all the juice in each remaining berry. Grapes are harvested by hand and with a selection of individual berries. After destalking and a light cold maceration, the must ferments in wooden tanks, and subsequently matures in new French oak barrels for 22 months.

It's a refined red, appearing a purple colour and offering a fragrant nose, with ripe black fruit and underlying smoke, spices and incense. On the palate, it has weight, and it expands, yet it doesn't lose elegance or freshness for a second. A balsamic and mineral Rioja, with an international profile, able to continue improving for a long time in bottle.

Drinking and storing

16ºC

Food pairing

Hare / Wild duck / Cured cheeses

Ratings and awards

202094 PK
201895 PK
201694 PK
201593+ PK
201494 PK
201293 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2018 Cisma is ripe Tempranillo from the La Paul vineyard at 610 meters in altitude in Laguardia. From this vintage, he used 100% full clusters in this wine. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in 500-liter French oak barrels for 30 months. There's always a percentage of white grapes co-fermented with the red. It seems like this is less excessive, ripe and concentrated than in previous vintages, and the style is getting closer to the Norte. It's full-bodied, with good ripeness and 14.48% alcohol with a pH of 3.58 and 6.02 grams of acidity. This is getting fine-tuned; it was harvested earlier and they added the stems, and the wine shows more balance. It was a short crop, but Carlos San Pedro used all the white grapes, which in some years he cannot if the grapes ripen too much. 1,150 bottles produced. There will be no Cisma in 2019 because the grapes were too ripe and he didn't even try to vinify them separately and instead added them to a vat of Hado.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 95 PARKER

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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...

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