Dominio de Pingus

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: La Horra, Ribera del Duero
People: Peter Sisseck, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Dominio de Pingus 2020 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO Login WA 94+ WS 92 <1 Case
Dominio de Pingus 2021 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO Login AG 95 WA 95+ In Stock
Dominio de Pingus 2021 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO Login AG 98 WA 100 Please inquire
Dominio de Pingus 2021 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO Login AG 96 WA 93+ In Stock

While other Spanish wines have achieved international recognition, Pingus is one of the very few that has joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. Like Coche-Dury’s Corton-Charlemagne, Guigal’s single-vineyard Côte Rôties, or Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino, Pingus is known and revered wherever great wine is discussed.

Like those other esteemed names, Pingus has a quality that is often lacking in today’s “modern” wines—a sense of utter individuality. For there is no other wine in the world today that shares Pingus’ unique signature and, ultmately, that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine.

The Early Years
Pingus is produced by the visionary Danish winemaker Peter Sisseck. Peter arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project, Hacienda Monasterio. While planting and developing Monasterio, he began to dream about the old vines he saw dotted around the Ribera del Duero landscape. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found a group of old vines that spurred him to embark on his own project. He called it “Pingus,” after his childhood nickname.

One can only imagine what the reactions were like when Peter showed up in Bordeaux at the March 1996 en primeur tastings. Yet, by the end of the week, Pingus was perhaps the greatest story of that season’s futures campaign. Robert Parker announced the wine on the back cover of his Wine Advocate, bestowing an unheard of 96-100 point score. The world took notice, and Pingus was on its way.

Pushing the Limits
From the beginning, Peter’s vision was to push old-vine Tempranillo to its upper limits. He spent the first few years pruning his vines back to a healthy balance—the trunks were straightened, lowered, and canes were pruned back to 1-2 buds per stump. Yields have typically been under one ton per acre. Over the past decade, Peter has continually refined his original vision. Since 2001, he has employed biodynamic viticulture to capture a healthier balance in his vineyards. In the winery, he has made subtle, but important, changes aimed at taming the region’s natural power, and giving more delineation and depth to the Pingus voice.

Peter’s winery work has been widely imitated, and many wines can mimic the exotic textures that Pingus possesses. Yet, while they might approach Pingus’ style, none of these newcomers has the substance that defines Pingus.

Vinous 2/9/2021
"Peter Sisseck’s influence on Ribera del Duero’s worldwide reputation cannot be overstated. His Pingus is now considered to be one of Spain’s and the world’s greatest red wines, with a price to match. It’s always a pleasure, not to mention a rare occurrence, to be able to drink Pingus, but the good news is that his two other bottlings, Flor de Pingus and PSI, which he makes from purchased grapes, are more readily available and, in the context of the region’s best wines, real values. Flor de Pingus has been steadily increasing in reputation and demand, and while it isn’t cheap, compared to wines of similar quality from the great winegrowing regions of the world, it delivers solid value. As for the PSI, it’s simply an outstanding example of Ribera del Duero for a very fair price. Plus, readers will be able find it fairly easily. Sisseck has been dialing the oak treatment way back for all of his wines over the last decade, and current releases show more finesse and precision than those of 25 years ago, when he set up this bodega."


Wine Advocate 2/28/2017
"Peter Sisseck has done it again! He's crafted an otherworldly Pingus in the superb 2014 vintage in the Ribera del Duero region. All of the wines from that year are simply unbelievable, with possibly the best version of Flor de Pingus ever, and a Pingus that rivals the already perfect 2012. I just wonder where you can go from here, because I previewed a special lot of the 2015, floral and fresh—even drinkable now (I did it!)—that resembled the elegance and perfume of the 1996, one of my favorite early vintages. And even if it's still very early, he was ecstatic about the quality of the 2016 (which I was kicking myself for not having the chance to taste), something in common with all of the people that were ABLE to harvest early. So the future couldn't look brighter for Pingus!"


Media Links
BottledBy.com Wine Talks: Peter Sisseck
Ribera y Rueda: The Legends: Peter Sisseck and Dominio de Pingus
Spanish Wine Lover Photoblog: Peter Sisseck, Portrait of a Mature Winemaker

Reviews

  • Pingus 2020 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (1/31/2023)

    There is around 20% new oak in the 2020 Flor de Pingus, and because it has a little younger vines (there was a land-consolidation project in La Horra in 2006!), there'll be some Garnacha starting in 2021 and maybe some oak vats for aging too. All this shows the direction, where he found structure and volume in the palate, with textured tannins. It's harmonious and elegant, aromatic and floral, perfumed and showy, with contained ripeness and around 14% alcohol. The palate is quite powerful, with abundant but fine tannins.
  • Pingus 2020 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (3/31/2023)

    Plush in texture and elegant overall, with a fresh spine of acidity enlivening black plum reduction and crushed black cherry fruit, violet and tobacco, vanilla and mineral accents as they wrap around a firm core of fine-grained tannins.
  • Pingus 2021 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO
    Vinous
    Rating: 96 (11/16/2023)

    In the glass, it's garnet-red with a light purple sheen. The nose offers blood notes along with sour cherry and blackberry, intertwined with violets and dried flowers, resulting in a layered, complex profile. On the palate, it's dry and velvety. Chalky tannins define a compact mouthfeel and long-lasting fruit and floral flavors. The 2021 is a distinctive Ribera del Duero with excellent nuance and agility.

  • Pingus 2021 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    Vinous
    Rating: 98 (11/16/2023)

    The nuances nose presents subtle but enticing notes of sour cherry and violets. However, its real character comes out in the mouth: a combination of velvety and chalky textures, effervescent energy and a nimble flow before a long-lasting, flavorful finish. This complex Ribera del Duero red lives up to its reputation with its unique palate and lean but velvety balance. What a delightful, distinctive interpretation of the region.

  • Pingus 2021 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (11/16/2023)

    The complex, subtle aromas include sour cherry and blueberry intertwined with rose, herbs and garrigue hints. On the palate, it's dry and velvety, with a balanced, fairly intense, chalky character that's low on freshness but high on energy. This is a distinctive, delicious red that reflects a modern approach to Ribera.

  • Pingus 2021 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 100 (6/13/2024)

    Sisseck believes the texture of the 2021 Pingus is the finest he has achieved since the beginning and something that the Tempranillo does very well. There is a chalky feeling, which is not surprising, because the mother rock is pure limestone—even if some plots (Barroso) have more clay on top, deeper down is hard limestone and some sandstone. There is a sense of harmony and purity that I see in most of the 2021s. There's more depth, more concentration and more tannin here, and it's a wine for the very long haul; it's very, very young, but it's super harmonious and balanced. There's energy, clout and power but with great finesse. They have learned to control the extraction, and all of the grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts (each plot ferments on its own, there's no pied de cuve or anything); they are very careful to decide the moment they press, tasting a lot with a lot of precision, getting samples and sitting down to taste every day after the wine has fermented dry. This is a super elegant and powerful Pingus that should age for a very, very long time in bottle. It very much follows the style of the years I like the most: 1996, 2016 and 2018.

  • Pingus 2021 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (6/13/2024)

    The wine takes time to open up; the nose is hard to read, but the palate is much better. It has a medium to full-bodied palate and tannins that are a lot more elegant and polished, more sophisticated and precise than in the initial vintages, and it has gained in seriousness.
  • Pingus 2021 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95+ (6/13/2024)

    The 2021 Flor de Pingus is a village wine from La Horra, made with small vinifications by plot and then a blending exercise, so it's the wine they feel is most their style. They look for texture, looking for a delicate and elegant wine. The nose is very subtle and harmonious, super clean and with a lot of focus. There are no traces of oak on the nose. The profile of the wine is more in line with 2018 or 2016 than with 2015 or 2019. This has a velvety texture, an elegant mouthfeel and some restraint (he thinks the warm summer in 2021 made the plants slow down), and it is fresher than the wine from 2020. There's a very fine thread, with chalky and very elegant tannins. This delivered what the wine promised from barrel. Starting in 2023, the wine will be certified organic.