Dominio de Pingus 2016 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Dominio de Pingus 2016 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Item Number: 12363

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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. There is no other wine in the world, let alone Spain, that is quite like Pingus, and that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine. It balances otherworldly richness with a rare sense of elegance.

Fruit Source: A selection of old vine Tempranillo from two ancient La Horra vineyards: Barroso (2.5ha) and San Cristobal (1.5ha).

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are 100% destemmed. Pingus ferments with native yeast in open-top wood tanks. It ages for 18-24 months in 2nd passage barrels with minimal rackings. Peter credits 15+ years of biodynamic farming for Pingus’ unique texture and personality, and for allowing him to cut the percentage of new wood employed to zero. The wine is not fined or filtered before bottling. The addition of sulfites is as low as possible and changes depending on vintage.

About the Estate: 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. Peter’s vision was to push Tempranillo to its upper limits. Since 2001, he has employed biodynamic viticulture to capture a healthier balance in his vineyards.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 98-100 (8/31/2018)

    I tasted an unbottled sample of the 2016 Pingus, which is still in barrel and due for bottling in August 2018. The different barrels had already been blended and put into the same barrels after the last racking three days before I encountered it. It has all the baby fat and is tender and primary, but you can sense the harmony and subtleness, the freshness and elegance it should develop, as the Ribera perfume is already incipient there. I couldn't help but think of the 1996, one of my favorite years. It's less concentrated than the 2015. It's also a little less ripe, and it probably has a tad less alcohol and more power. It's solid, but at the same time, it feels weightless; it has the inner strength and the subtleness of a ballerina. There should be some 7,000 bottles of this. This 21st vintage of Pingus might be one of the best ever, a modern version of the 1996...
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 100 (12/30/2019)

    I was really looking forward to the 2016 Pingus in bottle, as the sample I tasted last time promised to be one of the best (if not the best!) Pinguses to date. Few (if any) vintages of Pingus have shown such integration of the oak, especially considering the wine is so extremely young. It has precision and symmetry, elegance and austerity à la Audrey Hepburn. This 2016 is like an updated version of the 1996, produced with a lot more knowledge that helped them find this purity, freshness and elegance. Peter Sisseck described it as seamless, and I could only agree. He also said that this is probably his ideal of what the wine from Ribera del Duero should be. The wine was kept in barrel for an extra couple of months and was finally bottled in August 2018; there were 8,100 bottles produced. It delivered all the sample promised, and perhaps a bit more...