Another winner from Dominio de Pingus mastermind Peter Sisseck!
Founded in 1995 by Danish oenologist Peter Sessick, Dominio de Pingus is a Spanish winery located in the Ribera del Duero. Robert Parker described its debut vintage as “one of the greatest and most exciting wines I have ever tasted.”
PSI is a joint project between Sessick and Pablo Rubio, founded in 2006 with its first vintage appearing the following year. The goal of the project is to use fruit produced by local grape growers from old tempranillo vines in order to help grape producers and save old vines. Grape growers are encouraged to employ biodynamic or organic vineyard management practices. Vinification is done in large concrete vats, with aging in concrete and wooden tanks and oak barrels.
The wine itself is a rich dark purple. On the nose are luxurious notes of blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and florals. On the palate, the wine shows lush blackberry, raspberry and spices, with a surprisingly strong streak of minerality. The tannins are extremely well-integrated, giving the wine a smooth mouthfeel. The lingering finish reveals more notes of blueberry, with more florals bringing up the rear.
While the Pingus, as a low-production “cult wine,” sells for hundreds of dollars a bottle, we’re happy to offer you the Pingus PSI at a terrific low price of $29.99. Get it before someone else gets it first!
Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez, 91+Pts, Aug. 2014:
"The 2011 PSI is pure Tempranillo from a diversity of small plots of old vineyards in different zones of the Burgos province, always north of the Duero river. The grapes fermented in cement vats and aged in a combination of used barrels from Pingus, oak vats and cement tanks. It is a bright ruby red, with notes of plums and very well-integrated wood. But what really surprised me is the palate: still medium-bodied, somehow austere and lineal, straight rather than round, not showing the warmth of the vintage or alcohol at all. It only shows some toasty notes that are not excessive and that should disappear with a bit of time in the bottle.”
International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, 91 Pts, Sep. 2013:
"Glass-staining ruby. Dark berry, bitter chocolate and potpourri on the perfumed nose. Spicy, penetrating black and blue fruit flavors show impressive clarity and lift, with a zesty mineral nuance adding bite. Smooth and seamless on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves juicy blueberry and violet pastille notes behind."
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