Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2015

$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

Miguel Ostrowski Delectable Pro

Powerhouse, it’s still a baby, give it time to get the most out of it! Classic Ribera del Duero

Powerhouse, it’s still a baby, give it time to get the most out of it! Classic Ribera del Duero

9.0

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Needs more time to be its best but packed with flavor and teed up for a long life.

Needs more time to be its best but packed with flavor and teed up for a long life.

9.4

Charlie Abbott Delectable Pro

Sommelier Casa Mono

Much richer than ‘14, also more noticeable wood (tho they claim to always be pulling back on oak). Warm vintage=too boozy

Much richer than ‘14, also more noticeable wood (tho they claim to always be pulling back on oak). Warm vintage=too boozy

8.6

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Pingus is produced by Peter Sisseck, of Denmark, who arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project. While planting he began thinking about the old vines around the Ribera del Duero. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found ancient vineyards that inspired him to make "Pingus," after childhood nickname. Concentrated dark fruit aromas with gently smoky notes. On the palate Rich Cherry flavors, sweet vanilla spice, well balanced, soft tannins, lingering ending with slight oaky tones. Very Nice!

Pingus is produced by Peter Sisseck, of Denmark, who arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project. While planting he began thinking about the old vines around the Ribera del Duero. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found ancient vineyards that inspired him to make "Pingus," after childhood nickname. Concentrated dark fruit aromas with gently smoky notes. On the palate Rich Cherry flavors, sweet vanilla spice, well balanced, soft tannins, lingering ending with slight oaky tones. Very Nice!

9.3

Stuart Pollack

Unfortunately, this bottle was too young to consume. There is great richness in the palette, which contains strong licorice and earthy flavors, and the nose is perfection with a flowery fruit bouquet. But the wine finishes with harsh tannins that will likely smooth out in 5 years.

Unfortunately, this bottle was too young to consume. There is great richness in the palette, which contains strong licorice and earthy flavors, and the nose is perfection with a flowery fruit bouquet. But the wine finishes with harsh tannins that will likely smooth out in 5 years.

8.4

Martinez

Dark, smooth and velvety, well-integrated oak, long finish

Dark, smooth and velvety, well-integrated oak, long finish

9.1

JJG

What a disappointment not a bad bottle or bad luck. Wine was not spoiled but tasted younger, weaker and more acid than a $8 self service yellow tail

What a disappointment not a bad bottle or bad luck. Wine was not spoiled but tasted younger, weaker and more acid than a $8 self service yellow tail

7.4

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