Dominio de Pingus 2019 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
Item Number: 16428
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
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
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: 2019 was a healthy, ripe and “easy” vintage. 2019 was a sunny year, and they harvested early to keep the freshness. Sisseck compares 2019 with 2015, a very ripe year; but they managed to get fresher wine in 2019, and the wine over-delivered for their expectations. He credits 10+ years of biodynamic farming with helping his vines adapt, and even thrive, in varying vintage conditions.
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
95pts Ribera Del Duero 2021 TOP 100 by Tim Atkin
"Flor is what Peter Sisseck calls his La Horra "village wine", which is not to damn it with faint praise in the slightest, given the quality of the liquid. Made with younger vines on clay and silt rather than stony soils, it's a subtle, graceful, nuanced red that doesn't show the heat of the 2019 vintage, partly because of early picking. Detailed and focused, with red berry sweetness, fine tannins and understated 25% new oak. 2023-27"