Pingus - Ribera del Duero

Pingus - Ribera del Duero

Colour: Red
Country: spain
Producer: pingus
Grape: Tempranillo
Region: castilla y leon
Appellation: ribera del duero
Vintage
Size

  • 100 Points - The Wine Advocate

    “It’s precisely on the palate where you find that texture that is almost unique to Ribera del Duero when it’s as perfect as this. It’s very different from other zones, a velvety mouth feel and a surrounding sensation of comfort, incredibly long. The tannins are ultra fine and with that subtle chalkiness of the limestone soils, which also added to the tastiness and supple aftertaste. In short, I cannot think of a way of improving this Pingus other, than getting a magnum instead of a regular bottle! Congratulations, Peter Sisseck!” - Robert Parker

  • 95 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”As with all the 2011s, the 2011 Pingus is riper, with never-seen-before alcohol levels (15.5%), but the wine feels extremely balanced. As usual, the highly-selected grapes were fermented in 2,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and aged for 22 months in second-and third-fill barrels. It is ripe and exuberant, with notes of violets, spices (curry!), smoky peat and umami-like meat-broth aromas. The palate is full-bodied, glyceric with sophisticated tannins, but plenty of them, so they need to calm down a little. I believe there will be a lot of people who will really love this 2011, it's showy and exuberant.” Luis Gutiérrez

  • 97 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”It is a powerful and concentrated vintage for Pingus. I’m amazed at how much the wine integrated with one extra year in the bottle – the aromas are more precise, starting to reveal the true personality of the wine. The nose is very perfumed and balsamic, with notes of violets and ripe, juicy fruit, quite high-pitched. The oak is well-integrated into the wine. The palate is very powerful, full-bodied, concentrated but balanced, and wearing its 14.5% alcohol lightly, in a very difficult combination of power and elegance, with abundant but silky tannins. Very long aftertaste.” Luis Gutiérrez

  • 97 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2004 Pingus is a glass-coating opaque purple/black color with a bouquet of Asian spices, incense, lavender, truffle, black cherry, and blackberry that soars from the glass. Dense, rich, and seamless, this is a complete, harmonious offering with no rough edges.” Jay S Miller

Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

Pingus was founded by Demark born Peter Sisseck. His fascination for wine began at home with his parents and at the age of 14 he was further inspired by visiting his uncle, the renowned winemaker Peter Vinding, in Bordeaux. This visit ignited what would become a life-long passion. 

In 1995 the first Pingus was bottled. His aim was to produce "an unmistakably Spanish, terroir-driven wine...a garage wine." This was a huge success and for the first time a Spanish wine was lifted to the podium of the world’s best wines, awarded with 98 points by the respected Wine Advocate.

One of the greatest young red wines I ever tasted.” Robert Parker Jr.

Pingus is the result of 2 complementary and exceptionally well-balanced old vine Tempranillo vineyards - ‘Barroso’ from the gravel-sandy Duero River and ‘San Cristobal’ sitting on west facing clay slopes.

Interview with Peter Sisseck, Owner

What makes Pingus 2014 stand out and what makes the structure so unique? Do you feel the older vines are a big part in this? 

The structure of Pingus 2014 of course has to do with the age of the vines, also from the fact that it suffered a strong hail storm. The 2014 is like a modern version of the 1995 vintage, the vintage we made one of the best wines we have produced ever. The first to share the same complex tannic structure, but in a modern version.

What was the greatest moment in the winery’s history to you?

We have many great moments in mind, but it was maybe, the feeling we had when Robert Parker gave the Pingus 1995 (barrel sample) 96 to 100 points, a totally unknown wine, that have never been made before, still stands as ground breaking.

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