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Dominio de Pingus Pingus Ribera del Duero 2015  - First Bottle


99 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Peter Sisseck was ecstatic about the quality of the 2015 Pingus. Since he no longer uses any new oak—and hasn't since 2012—the élevage in used wood is extended to 23 or 24 months. This is the first vintage certified as biodynamic from Demeter. We poured the wine and took half an hour to get to it, as the wine was very closed at first and opened up very slowly in the glass. Little by little, the nose started showing a floral character, what I consider the perfume of great Ribera del Duero, the elegant part that compensates the powerful nature of the wines and gives the finesse to the best wines. The wine has been very consistent in the last few vintages, as Sisseck reckons the old but balanced vines (they started working in biodynamics in 2000) cushion the vintage differences more than other younger vineyards. These vines were planted in 1929, and they have always been farmed organically and in a traditional way. This is truly outstanding. In a way, it made me think of 2010, even if they are very different years. It was bottled in August 2017, and there are some 6,500 bottles of this gem. Even if very young, it already drinks well. Great wines tend to be drinkable throughout their life...
97 James Suckling -
A layered and rich red with dark berries. So floral and beautiful with burnt orange and cedar undertones. Full body, very fine tannins and long, rich finesse, yet always fresh and vivid. Needs four to five years to soften. Try in 2022.
98 Vinous -
Inky ruby. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, potpurri, exotic spices and incese, all sharpened by a vibrant mineral topnote. Stains the palate with concentrated, sharply focused blackberry, bitter cherry, violet pastille and fruitcake flavors that deftly blend power and delicacy. Shows superb clarity and resonating florality on a strikingly long, penetrating finish framed by polished, well-knit tannins.

Technical Details

  • BlendTempranillo
  • WinemakerPeter Sisseck
  • CountrySpain
  • RegionCastilla y Leon
  • AppellationRibera del Duero
  • Farming MethodBiodynamic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage23-24 months in wood
  • Alcohol14.5%

Dominio de Pingus Pingus Ribera del Duero 2015

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WA99, VN98, JS97

Biodynamic Practices
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Truly exceptional, showcasing the artistry of the region.This perfumed and complex wine reveals layers of ripe fruits intertwined with hints of wet earth and underbrush. With its full-bodied nature and impressive length, it’s set to be the showstopper of your cellar.

About the Producer

Dominio de Pingus is a Spanish winery located in Quintanilla de Onésimo in Valladolid province with vineyards in the La Horra area of the Ribera del Duero region. Dominio de Pingus was established in 1995 by Danish oenologist Peter Sisseck, also manager of the Pesquera de Duero estate Hacienda Monasterio. On the estate's winemaking philosophies, Sisseck has stated, The vines in my plots are very old. They have never been fertilized nor treated with pesticides and all grow following the traditional en vaso system. They are perfect.