Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Item Number: 13684

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone-rich clay and gravel

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.

Vintage Notes: The 2017 season was a challenge. Limited winter precipitation left the soils with little moisture reserves, and then a devastating April frost cost ~25% of Pingus, and 50% of Flor production. In some ways, the shortened crop was a blessing, as drought conditions meant that a full crop might not have ripened completely. Happily, Peter was able to bring in a short crop of fully-ripe fruit. He credits 10+ years of Biodynamic farming with helping his vines adapt, and even thrive, when other growers will have harvested some green-n-lean wines in the 2017 vintage.

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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (12/30/2019)

    2017 was a weird vintage for the zone, as the year was marked by one spring frost that decimated the crop and completely changed the balance of the year. In 2007, they put a windmill in one of the plots, and although the plot was not able to escape the frost, it was not as acute as it was in the Flor de Pingus vineyards, where they lost up to 40% of the crop. At the Pingus vineyards, they lost some 25% of the grapes. They started the élevage in used barriques, where they wine matured for 12 months, and then moved the wine to larger barrels so they could extend the aging. There are alternate sensations of ripeness and herbal aromas. You can see a little bit of the tannic style of a concentrated year (1995, 2004, 2014), which is very different from fluid years like 2016 or 1996, with a rustic Ribera character. They saved the vintage with their knowledge of their vineyards, whereas in the past, a vintage like this could have been a disaster. Sometimes wines like this can have an unexpected development in bottle... 5,700 bottles were filled in July 2019.