Dominio de Pingus 2018 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Dominio de Pingus 2018 'Flor de Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO

Item Number: 14582

UPC: None

Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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: 2018 is a stellar vintage. The fruit ripened slowly but completely, allowing Peter to produce a Flor that seamlessly harmonizes richness and complexity with fine texture and finesse. The 2018 is arguably the most profound vintage of Flor de Pingus to date. Yet, it remains a bargain compared to its Ribera del Duero peers. Please don’t miss it.

Fruit Source: 31 hectares from the La Horra zone; most vines are over 50 years old
Aging: 18 months in a mix of barrels, 25% new
Fining: No
Filtering: No
Yeast: Native

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (9/17/2020)

    All of the estate vineyards are certified organic, and this is pure Tinta del País, the local strain of Tempranillo, from 40 hectares in five different locations (parajes) of the village of La Horra where the Pingus vineyards are also located. It fermented with natural yeasts and also natural malolactic and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. The day I tasted it, the wine was oakier than normal, but the amount of new oak is not higher than normal. The palate showed much better, with very fine and polished tannins. There is freshness, even red fruit and good balance. The oak should integrate with a little more time in bottle.