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Founded only in 1985 by Peter Sisseck, Dominio de Pingus is now one of the most iconic and sought after wineries in the world. It’s flagship wine, having the same name of Dominio de Pingus, commands an extremely high price and is the only Spanish wine that can challenge Vega Sicilia in price. Flor de Pingus is essentially a second wine of the Dominio de Pingus. PSI is a separate project started by Dominio de Pingus. PSI allows people to try wines from Dominio de Pingus at considerably less. 

As one of the most famous cult world in the world, demand for Dominio de Pingus always far exceeds its supply. For this reason, Peter Sisseck decided to start a new project, namely PSI. Peter always believes in the potential of Ribera del Duero as a wine-producing region. Unfortunately, historically growers are paid by quantity instead of quality. This resulted in over-production and heavy use of chemicals. With the aim to improve the viticulture practices in Ribera del Duero, Peter works with local growers by giving them advices, esp. encouraging them to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture. In return, Peter Sisseck would buy their grapes at a premium price that is about three or four times than the average rate of grapes in Ribera del Duero. 

With the healthy grapes and the exceptional winemaking expertise of Peter Sisseck, it is not surprising that PSI is a serious wine. It is subtle, delicate and compelling. PSI is a wine that is much more elegant than most Ribera del Duero. 

(RP91) The 2009 Psi is much more precocious on the nose compared to the 2008, a real step up in quality. It offers fresh strawberry, raspberry and a touch of cranberry, all infused with exotic notes of mango and orange essence. It blossoms beautifully in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with powdery tannins on the entry. There are subtle notes of blackberry, tobacco, tart cherry and pain grille that combine harmoniously on the understated, natural finish. This is drinking well now, but should age nicely over several years. Drink now-2018. (Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Aug 2012) 

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History

Dominio de Pingus was established in 1995 by Danish winemaker Peter Sisseck. It is situated in the La Horra area of the Ribera del Duero region. The wine produced, Pingus, is considered a "cult wine", sold at extremely high prices while remaining very inaccessible.

On the estate's winemaking philosophies, Sisseck has stated, "The vines in my plots are very old. They have never been fertilised nor treated with pesticides and all grow following the traditional en vaso system. They are perfect."

The first vintage of Pingus was 1995. The production of this wine is always very limited, in 1995 it was only 325 cases. Yields as low as half to a quarter of the finest red Grand Cru Burgundies. Of the annual production of Pingus there is typically less than 500 cases, though in poor vintages no Pingus is made.

Pingus is the first wine to transcend traditional Spanish winemaking. In it Peter Sisseck has created a modern archetype of Ribera de Duero. With only a few vintages released, Pingus is already part of an elite club of top Spanish wine producers whose wines combine a true sense of their origins with fiercely singular personalities.

Pingus is undoubtedly world-class and helped to confirm the Ribera del Duero as a match to any of the traditional European appellations. This is nevertheless a distinctly Spanish wine.

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Vineyards

Planted with very old vines of Tinto Fino, i.e. Tempranillo, the vineyards are 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) in Barrosso with vines exceeding 65 years and 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) in San Cristobal with vines older than 70 years, and the unusually low average yield of 12 hL per hectare. Since 2000, the viticulture has been biodynamic. Of the annual production of Pingus there is typically less than 500 cases, though in poor vintages no Pingus is made.

The production of the second wine Flor de Pingus, also 100% Tempranillo, is made with fruit from rented vineyards in the La Horra zone, with vines older than 35 years. Since the 2005 vintage, the viticulture has been biodynamic. The annual production is on average 4,000 cases.

Additionally there has been the single barrel cuvée, Ribera del Duero "Amelia", made from a vineyard parcel of 100+ year old vines with an average yield of 10 hL per hectare, with biodynamic viticulture since its initial 2003 vintage. The 2005 vintage had a production of 25 cases.

"PSI" is a joint project based on fruit produced by local grape growers from old tempranillo vines. The goal is to help grape producers and save old vines. Project was founded in 2006, first vintage was 2007. Grape growers are encouraged to employ biodynamic or organic vineyard management practices. The wine is made by Peter Sisseck and Pablo Rubio and sold under producer name Bodegas y Viñedos Alnardo. Vinification takes place in large concrete vats and aging in concrete and wooden tanks and oak barrels. Production of PSI 2009 was 9,600 cases, PSI 2010 was 16,600 cases.

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Winemaking

Pingus is fermented in large wooden vats and, once in cask, is mostly left alone. It is largely raised in new barriques, though the flavors of the oak vanish into the enormous concentration. Pingus is indeed a wine that is magical in the way that it balances otherworldly richness with a rare sense of elegance.

Peter's winery work has been widely imitated, and many wines can mimic the exotic textures that Pingus possesses. Yet, while they might approach Pingus' style, none of these newcomers has the substance that defines Pingus.

Over the past decade, Peter has continually refined his original vision. Since 2001, he has employed biodynamic viticulture to capture a healthier balance in his vineyards. In the winery, he has made subtle, but important, changes aimed at taming the region's natural power, and giving more delineation and depth to the Pingus voice.

 

 

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Château Lynch-Bages vertical tasting from 1955-2010.

3m 28d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Last evening was a real " Voyage autour du monde" along with the top 24 wines that wine countries can offer, and there was only four of us enjoying them...Unfortunately, quite a lot of bottles remained half empty, but not the Petrus 2003, Cheval Blanc 1947, Screaming Eagle 1999, Pingus 1995, Haut-Brion Blanc 1995, Lafleur 1996 etc.

4m 26d ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A Taste of Greatness -tasting with perfect wines like Martha's Vineyards 1974, Harlan 1994, Sassicaia 1985, Pingus 1995, Yquem 1899 etc.

6m 1d ago

 Michelle Harrison, Wine Collector (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Pingus 1995: This one has a r ich and voluptuous nose of blue berries, boysenberries, dark chocolate and vegetal notes. The nuances increase over time with liquorice and tobacco complementing the layered character. Full-bodied with ripe fruitiness and smooth firm tannins. Intense and mineral wine with impressive body-weight and length.”

1y 11m ago

 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“Petrus 2011 / A dense ruby/purple-tinged color and restrained but intriguing aromas of kirsch, raspberry jam, wood spice, and mulberries are found in this full-bodied Petrus. An undeniable success in 2011, it is rich, layered and pure with light to moderate tannin, but seems slightly less muscular and tannic compared to its stablemate, Trotanoy. Forget it for a few years and drink it over the following 25 years. Made from 100% Merlot, it tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. In short, it is typically open-knit and already showing very well. This is quite opulent." RP”

1y 11m ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Almost perfect Screaming Eagle 1994!”

2y 6m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“Cristal is one of those rare champagnes that truly blossom after long bottle ageing. It almost hurts to consume Cristal too young, since it really reveals its true character after 20-30 years of age and evolves beautifully decades after that. This wine is again a great proof of that. The vintage 1955 turned out to be a superior vintage that resulted in a large crop of excellent quality grapes. Golden bright colour with small quickly evaporating bubbles. Intense and complex nose that has opened wonderfully. Touch of toastiness, nuttiness, dried fruits, apricots, and apples with honeyed overtones. The still crisp and vinous taste shows lesser mousse but really intense and concentrated minerality combined with nutty dried fruit characteristics. Lovely long finish with lemon tart and brioche flavours. Drink up with good company!”

4y 7m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Dominio de Pingus . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Although it sometimes takes more than 50 years for a wine to become enjoyable, the wait was in this case worthwhile – those sceptical opinions that this strongly tannic wine and vintage received in the middle of the 19th century can now be understood. But how marvellous and brilliant this Lafite must have been 50 years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, since it still is one of the best Lafite we have encountered – even at the age of almost 200 years!A château-bottled bottle of 375 ml in good condition. The colour of the wine and the level were both excellent. Decanted for 15 minutes. Held well in glass for approximately 45 minutes.This Lafite must have been almost black when it was born, since the colour was still deep dark red. The nose was most intoxicating – spicy, pure and strongly seductive. Intensive, but the velvety tannins and quite high alcohol content were still present, though now well in balance with the abundant, jam-like fruitiness. An extremely pleasant, majestic and multi-dimensional wine that had a long, soft aftertaste one could still feel lingering in the mouth the next morning.”

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