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  • Country ranking ?

    89
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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The Story

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.



Soil: limestone-rich clay and gravel

Production area: 4 ha

Grape varieties: 100% Tempranillo

Average age of vines: 70 years

Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking: no fining or filtration, minimal rackings. Pingus has been biodynamic since 2000

Ageing: 18-20 months in new oak barrique

 

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Vintage 2011

Rioja: Hot, dry weather throughout the summer set the stage for ripe, deeply flavored wines that tend to be low-acid and fruit-forward, with round tannins that will ensure positive aging over at least the coming decade.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Brick red

ending

Long

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Cigar-box, Leather, Earthy and Balsamic

nose

Intense, Complex, Opulent and Ripe

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Full, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

Colour is brick red and deep. On the nose it is intense, ripe, opulent and complex, with leathery notes dominating. The taste is full, and dry, with silky tannins, and average in acidity and with balanced structure. On the palate it is layered and has charcoal, caramel, blackcurrant, blackberry, leather, earthy, cigar-box, chocolate and balsamic flavours. The finish is long. This wine is impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years.

I was actually expecting more...somewhat disappointed. 

  • 92p

Opulent bouquet. Sweet blackberries, blueberries, very intense, a hint of cinnamon, espresso aromas. Full bodied, low acidity, lots of sweet tannins, good structure, raspberries, black Kirsch fruit, opulent style, bitter chocolate aromas in the long finish. Still very young with very good potential!

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Origin

Castile-León, Ribera del Duero

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