Dominio de Pingus 2017 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO

Dominio de Pingus 2017 'PSI' Ribera del Duero DO

Item Number: 13632

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 98% Tempranillo / 2% Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous clay and sand

Vintage Notes: The 2017 season was a challenge. Limited winter precipitation left the soils with little moisture reserves, and then a devastating April frost cost ~25% of Pingus, and 50% of Flor production. In some ways, the shortened crop was a blessing, as drought conditions meant that a full crop might not have ripened completely. Happily, Peter was able to bring in a short crop of fully-ripe fruit. He credits 10+ years of Biodynamic farming with helping his vines adapt, and even thrive, when other growers will have harvested some green-n-lean wines in the 2017 vintage.

Fruit Source: Fruit comes from multiple growers throughout Ribera del Duero; through purchase of their grapes, Peter Sisseck encourages the small farmers to maintain old vine stocks as well as engage in organic and biodynamic viticulture.

About the Wine: The PSI by Peter Sisseck is not Pingus. This is a friendly wine; one that you might call a "village wine." No new oak is used. The wine is made in a less extracted, less showy style, and the goal is to produce a terroir-driven expression of organically and biodynamically cultivated Tempranillo. Grapes ferment with a 30+ day maceration with punch downs. The wine ages for about 18 months in a mix of cement tanks, old French barriques, and large barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is not fined or filtered.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (12/30/2019)

    The 2017 PSI shows a much more challenging year after the ideal 2016. They suffered from terrible frost, and the wine was only possible because of the old vines they work and their knowledge; they didn't have to be very ambitious and aimed for the best they could achieve. This wine was 100% produced in the new winery designed specifically for this wine, and they could do a sorting of the grapes from some 700 plots. Because of the frost, there is hardly any Garnacha, so it's almost pure Tempranillo. The wine is not as focused and precise as 2016, and it's also riper and a little more advance. It was a sunny and dry year after all, which, with the low yields, concentrated the wines. It's a good effort for the challenging year but not at the level of other vintages.