Pingus

"Pingus was trading at over $200 before the first bottle was ever released. Peter Sisseck's monumental 1995 Ribera del Duero, from some of the region's oldest vines, was just that exciting. While other wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero had acheived international recognition, Pingus was the first wine to transcend traditional Spanish winemaking. Peter had created a great, mammoth, supple testament of a wine--in short, a new archetype. With only a few vintages released, Pingus has already joined that elite club of producers--Raveneau, Chave, Giacosa-- whose wines combine a true sense of their origins with fiercely singular personalities. Peter's tiny production of fewer than 500 cases comes from three parcels of ancient, head-pruned Tempranillo vines. His true genius may be demonstrated in the vineyard.The gnarled old vines have been carefully husbanded back to health-- the trunks straightened, lowered, and pruned back to 1-2 buds per stump. Yields range from a high of 20 to an incredibly low 9 hectoliters per hectare. After fermentation in steel or large wooden vat, the wines are raised in a mix of new and old French oak. Peter uses as little sulphur as possible. Like a top chef, Peter carefully seasons the young wines, controlling their exposure to oxygen and utilizing lees contact to give the final wines their exotic textures. Yet this simple discussion of techniques cannot begin to explain the final product, a wine Robert Parker has called "extraordinary" and "one of the most outstanding wines produced in Spain."

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Pingus PSI 2016
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93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "I tasted the 2015 in bottle and the 2016 PSI a few weeks before bottling, so I tasted the final blend in tank and ready to go into bottle. What came to mind when I smelled this sample was some of the old vintages of Pesquera. All the grapes come from the north and east of Aranda
Item Number: 30609
Bottle:$24.95
Case: $299.40
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Pingus Tempranillo 2010
98  James Suckling 
Wine Advocate 98 "I have tasted the 2010 Pingus a number of times since I published a note on it in issue 207 in June 2013, my first and probably the shortest article ever published at The Wine Advocate. I have consistently found it significantly better than when I first tasted it, so I decided to
Item Number: 13364
Bottle:$799.95
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Pingus PSI 2015
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94“This is a fragrant and gritty Pingus with a ton of tannins which give it a lot of depth and length. This wine deserves some patience. It needs two or three years more of bottle age to be at its best, but should keep for some years following.”

Pingus PSI 2014
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94"Fresh and classy nose of cherries, currants and raspberries with hints of pepper. Full body, beautiful and fine-grained tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Delivers the Pingus magic!"

Pingus 'Flor de Pingus' Tempranillo 2010
94  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 94 "Vivid purple. Ripe cherry, cassis, potpourri and cracked pepper on the intensely perfumed nose, with subtle licorice and woodsmoke qualities adding complexity. Deep, sweet and expansive, offering explosive dark berry compote, floral pastille and anise flavors. A spicy