This tiny production Rioja is the product of a forgotten "struggling vine" plot that wife and husband team Melanie and David Sampedro purchased by cashing out a retirement plan. It is named in fond memory of David's late dog, Hapa.
Wine Advocate: 94 Points
(10/30/2020) "I tasted the 2017 Phinca Hapa Tinto from bottle, as the last time I had tasted it from cask, and it's as good as anticipated. It's a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Viura with a shorter elevage than the majority of reds here, one year in 500-liter barrels and 10 months in a large foudre. It's perfumed and expressive with a mix of wildflowers and berries plus some notes of iron and cured meat and spices. It's medium to full-bodied and reveals fine, chalky tannins and a long finish with focused and clean flavors. I like it very much. 6,000 bottles produced. Drink Date: 2020 - 2027."
Our Score: 93+ Points