Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2014

$79.95

New from Pingus!                          Second wine from Dominio de Pingus who make the legendary Pingus Red. Limited. Harmonious and elegant, this is a beautiful second wine from the renowned Dominio de Pingus. Dark cherry nose with earthy and coffee nuances; pure, concentrated fruit on the palate. Like those other esteemed names, Pingus has a quality that is often lacking in today's "modern" wines-a sense of utter individuality. 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. 95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Bright violet color. Explosively perfumed aromas of fresh boysenberry, floral oils and incense, with suave vanilla and woodsmoke nuances building in the glass. Sweet and plush on the palate, offering intense, smooth dark fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors. Really stains the palate, finishing with superb thrust and clarity; velvety tannins add gentle grip." 94 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2014 Flor de Pingus could very well be the finest vintage of this cuvée ever. It could be considered their 'village' wine, as all the grapes come from La Horra, from four different quarters (El Pino, Fuentearriba, Fuentenarro and Castillo); they are mostly old vines, as they have some 25 hectares of those in the village, mostly from the 1950s. In the future it will also have some grapes from younger vineyards they planted 'à l'ancien', with a massale selection of Amelia, riparia rootstocks, etc. The wine is very aromatic and expressive, floral and spicy, with the oak nicely folded into the fruit, which is ripe without excess, and the alcohol is also nicely disguised, as it's high but does not show. It's a powerful and full-bodied vintage for this cuvée, but keeping it's approachability and appeal. The tannins are very fine and the finish quite remarkable. A mini-Pingus at a very different price." The 2014 Flor de Pingus is a mosaic of different vineyards in the village of La Horra in Burgos, totaling some 35 hectares. As all these are estate vineyards, they were much better controlled than those used for PSI, and the wine shows it in a challenging vintage like this one. It has a slightly different profile from your average Ribera, with better freshness. The wine had only been in bottle for around one month, and the wine is open and expressive. There are some roasted aromas, black cherries, blackberries and plenty of spices with hints of smoke. It’s also a lighter version of Flor, and whether this will be as long-lived as other vintages, it’s still a question mark, as the extra acidity might give it a longer life than expected. In any case, give it some time in bottle to finish integrating the oak and drink over the next four-five years.

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Ratings on Delectable

Mike R Delectable Pro

Wine Nerd Herd and Friday lunch

Wine Nerd Herd and Friday lunch

9.3

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Young and fun. Jump on. From @Eric LaMasters

Young and fun. Jump on. From @Eric LaMasters

9.3

Dan Thomas Delectable Pro

Fleshy and young. Needs time for oak to integrate and soften

Fleshy and young. Needs time for oak to integrate and soften

9.0

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Barrel sample of the 14 Flor at Pingus. Better get them early. Their Assistant Winemaker tells me Peter thinks the 14 vintage might be their best.

Barrel sample of the 14 Flor at Pingus. Better get them early. Their Assistant Winemaker tells me Peter thinks the 14 vintage might be their best.

9.4

Aaron Means Delectable Pro

One of my favorite Spanish wines. Easier drinking than the massive Pingus.

One of my favorite Spanish wines. Easier drinking than the massive Pingus.

9.4

Eric L.

Very fun Spanish wine night with the guys. This bottle was still very young, but it has excellent concentration and a beautiful nose. I bet in another 5 years this will be even better.

Very fun Spanish wine night with the guys. This bottle was still very young, but it has excellent concentration and a beautiful nose. I bet in another 5 years this will be even better.

9.4

Cecilia Sánchez

Mayo 24 a 26, 2019 solo YO, Molino de Alcuneza, Sigüenza, España

Mayo 24 a 26, 2019 solo YO, Molino de Alcuneza, Sigüenza, España

10

Ali

Grau 16.8.18

Grau 16.8.18

9.1

Jason Brater

Plum, just ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, and tobacco finishing w some black pepper spice and a wash of mouth drying tannin. Delicious.

Plum, just ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, and tobacco finishing w some black pepper spice and a wash of mouth drying tannin. Delicious.

9.2

Moya Shawley

Aromas of ripe black fruit, sweet tobacco, leather and smokey cedar. Very balanced, silky tannins with a prolonged finish. Complexity in layers - LOVE.

Aromas of ripe black fruit, sweet tobacco, leather and smokey cedar. Very balanced, silky tannins with a prolonged finish. Complexity in layers - LOVE.

9.4

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