Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
Item Number: 13685
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone-rich clay and gravel
Soon after its first vintage in 1995, Peter Sisseck’s Pingus joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. But because of its tiny production—and correspondingly high price—few get the chance to experience Pingus’ magic firsthand. Fortunately, Peter makes a Ribera del Duero cut from the very same cloth. It’s name is Flor de Pingus.
Flor de Pingus is sourced from parcels of old vines in the same La Horra zone of Ribera del Duero as Pingus. Peter carefully manages the viticulture, ensuring low yields and old-vine concentration. In the cellar, Peter treats Flor much as he does his elite wines. Following the primary and malolactic fermentations, it is left alone in barrel to develop its brilliant expression of Tempranillo and terroir. And as each year passes, greater depth, finesse and classicism is seen. In many respects Flor mirrors Pingus itself. It is no wonder that in 2008, The Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller wrote of Flor de Pingus: “In the price/quality sweepstakes, this might be Spain’s finest wine.” In other words, it’s one of the most masterfully expressed examples of old-vine Ribera del Duero to be had.
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: 31 hectares from the La Horra zone; most vines are over 50 years old
Aging: 18 months in a mix of 2/3 old and 1/3 new barrels