Dominio de Pingus

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: La Horra, Ribera del Duero
People: Peter Sisseck, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Dominio de Pingus 2015 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO Login WA 94 In Stock
Dominio de Pingus 2016 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO Login WA (92-93) In Stock
Dominio de Pingus (1.5 L) 2014 'Flor de Pingus' Login In Stock
Dominio de Pingus (1.5 L) 2015 'Flor de Pingus' Login In Stock

While other Spanish wines have achieved international recognition, Pingus is one of the very few that has joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. Like Coche-Dury’s Corton-Charlemagne, Guigal’s single-vineyard Côte Rôties, or Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino, Pingus is known and revered wherever great wine is discussed.

Like those other esteemed names, Pingus has a quality that is often lacking in today’s “modern” wines—a sense of utter individuality. For there is no other wine in the world today that shares Pingus’ unique signature and, ultmately, that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine.

The Early Years
Pingus is produced by the visionary Danish winemaker Peter Sisseck. Peter arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project, Hacienda Monasterio. While planting and developing Monasterio, he began to dream about the old vines he saw dotted around the Ribera del Duero landscape. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found a group of old vines that spurred him to embark on his own project. He called it “Pingus,” after his childhood nickname.

One can only imagine what the reactions were like when Peter showed up in Bordeaux at the March 1996 en primeur tastings. Yet, by the end of the week, Pingus was perhaps the greatest story of that season’s futures campaign. Robert Parker announced the wine on the back cover of his Wine Advocate, bestowing an unheard of 96-100 point score. The world took notice, and Pingus was on its way.

Pushing the Limits
From the beginning, Peter’s vision was to push old-vine Tempranillo to its upper limits. He spent the first few years pruning his vines back to a healthy balance—the trunks were straightened, lowered, and canes were pruned back to 1-2 buds per stump. Yields have typically been under one ton per acre. 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.

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.

Wine Advocate 2/28/2017
"Peter Sisseck has done it again! He's crafted an otherworldly Pingus in the superb 2014 vintage in the Ribera del Duero region. All of the wines from that year are simply unbelievable, with possibly the best version of Flor de Pingus ever, and a Pingus that rivals the already perfect 2012. I just wonder where you can go from here, because I previewed a special lot of the 2015, floral and fresh—even drinkable now (I did it!)—that resembled the elegance and perfume of the 1996, one of my favorite early vintages. And even if it's still very early, he was ecstatic about the quality of the 2016 (which I was kicking myself for not having the chance to taste), something in common with all of the people that were ABLE to harvest early. So the future couldn't look brighter for Pingus!"


Media Links
BottledBy.com Wine Talks: Peter Sisseck
Ribera y Rueda: The Legends: Peter Sisseck and Dominio de Pingus
Spanish Wine Lover Photoblog: Peter Sisseck, Portrait of a Mature Winemaker

Reviews

  • Pingus 2016 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-93) (8/31/2018)

    I tasted the 2015 in bottle and the 2016 PSI a few weeks before bottling, so I tasted the final blend in tank and ready to go into bottle. What came to mind when I smelled this sample was some of the old vintages of Pesquera. All the grapes come from the north and east of Aranda del Duero, from the cooler part of the appellation. The logistics of doing this volume is not easy, and in 2016 they were able to ferment 100% of the volume in their own winery, which gave them more control. The year was naturally fresher, mostly through higher yields, and they also managed the harvest date with more precision. All this translates into a fresher wine with more precision and elegance. They expect to reach 300,000 bottles of this 2016, which is also probably the finest vintage of PSI—finer, longer and sharply focused. According to Sisseck, this is the PSI he always dreamed about. It will be bottled in the summer of 2018.
  • Pingus 2015 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/31/2018)

    The 2015 Flor de Pingus is produced with a majority of grapes from vineyards in La Horra, a total of 30.8 hectares of vineyards in different zones of the village, so it's their village bottling from different soils. The different quarters (El Pino, Fuentearriba, Fuentenarro and Castillo) are fermented separately. Sisseck has replanted some plots as they were done before: with riparia roots planted earlier and grafted to a massal selection two years after. He was able to do this in Hacienda Monasterio when he arrived, but these new plantings are not yet in production. So, Flor de Pingus is all old vines fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts (he hasn't needed to use selected yeasts since 2001 or so, and always in special circumstances) and matured in oak barrels, mostly used and some of different sizes.

    2015 is a powerful, warm and ripe year, where the secret was to be able to harvest early to keep the freshness; Sisseck feared the year could have been another 2011, but he managed much fresher wines. The nose is very harmonious and shows no heat, and the palate is terribly balanced, with refined tannins, silky and in a way exuberant (rather than rough), ripe but suave and with enough freshness. It has the Ribera del Duero character and is also faithful to the vintage and grape, with great precision. All in all, a great vintage of Flor de Pingus, with power and elegance.