Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Item Number: 13685

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone-rich clay and gravel

Soon after its first vintage in 1995, Peter Sisseck’s Pingus joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. But because of its tiny production—and correspondingly high price—few get the chance to experience Pingus’ magic firsthand. Fortunately, Peter makes a Ribera del Duero cut from the very same cloth. It’s name is Flor de Pingus.

Flor de Pingus is sourced from parcels of old vines in the same La Horra zone of Ribera del Duero as Pingus. Peter carefully manages the viticulture, ensuring low yields and old-vine concentration. In the cellar, Peter treats Flor much as he does his elite wines. Following the primary and malolactic fermentations, it is left alone in barrel to develop its brilliant expression of Tempranillo and terroir. And as each year passes, greater depth, finesse and classicism is seen. In many respects Flor mirrors Pingus itself. It is no wonder that in 2008, The Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller wrote of Flor de Pingus: “In the price/quality sweepstakes, this might be Spain’s finest wine.” In other words, it’s one of the most masterfully expressed examples of old-vine Ribera del Duero to be had.

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: 31 hectares from the La Horra zone; most vines are over 50 years old
Aging: 18 months in a mix of 2/3 old and 1/3 new barrels
Fining: No
Filtering: No
Yeast: Native


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (12/30/2019)

    Because of very low yields and a warm and dry season, the 2017 Flor de Pingus was produced from very concentrated grapes with lots of tannin, so they had to do a very soft vinification and an extended élevage, being very careful not to dry out the wine. So, they used less new oak barrels, and the wine was alternatively in barrique and stainless steel, trying to polish the tannins and keep the juiciness and avoid excessive tannins. So, the wine is polished, more than it usually is. It's ripe but without the perfect ripeness of a great vintage. It has character, in a somehow more baroque way. Peter Sisseck compared it to other vintages finished in seven: 1997, 2007. They only produced some 60,000 bottles, when the normal production should have been around 100,000 bottles, which means they lost some 40% of the crop because of the frost.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 92 (3/20/2020)

    This is a surprising second wine (with 6% Cabernet and 4% Merlot), not very closely related to the top Pingus, since it is oakier, very concentrated, juicy, fruity. It keeps an air of family identity with its depth and complexity. Excitingly intense, with a kind of aesthetic quality revealing the most expressive Ribera style. A most convivial experience, to be considered on its own rather than in reference to Pingus. 14 moths in oak. Drink 2020-2035.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (2/9/2021)

    Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry preserves, vanilla, pipe tobacco and candied flowers, with a spicy flourish adding lift. Stains the palate with concentrated black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spice cake flavors that become more lively as the wine opens up. The floral and cherry notes carry through the strikingly long, sweet, youthfully tannic finish, which features a hint of candied licorice.