Wines for the January 2nd Zoom Tasting
Join us from 4:00 to 4:30 on Saturday, January 2nd, for our next "One Expert, Two Wines, Thirty Minutes" tasting of the extraordinary wines of Dominio Pingus with Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman. While other Spanish wines have achieved international recognition, Pingus is one of the very few that has joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. Like Coche-Dury’s Corton-Charlemagne, Guigal’s LaLa wines, or Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino, Pingus is known and revered wherever great wine is discussed.
Like those other esteemed names, Pingus has a sense of utter individuality. There is no other wine in the world today that shares Pingus’ unique signature. And, ultimately, that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine.
The tasting will include, in this order:
2018 Dominio Pingus Psi, $29.99
This wine is produced with purchased grapes from 200 hectares in around 750 plots and 20 different villages throughout Ribera del Duero (they now rent and work 50 hectares of these vineyards themselves). In 2018, they were able to use some 12% Garnacha and 2% other grapes, including whites that are found intermixed with the Tinta del País/Tempranillo in the old vineyards. Garnacha adds freshness and the wine shows it—the character of the grape comes through in the blend. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured mostly in 5,000-liter and 10,000-liter oak vats but 20% of the volume aged in used French barriques for 18 months. The color is quite light (relatively speaking), bright, and lively, the nose perfumed, floral, and elegant, like no PSI before. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and it feels terribly balanced and beautifully textured. It's elegant more than powerful but full of energy. This is without a doubt the finest PSI to date.
Purchase the Psi here:
2015 Dominio Pingus Flor de Pingus, $84.99
The 2015 Flor de Pingus is produced with a majority of grapes from vineyards in La Horra, a total of 30.8 hectares of vineyards in different zones of the village, so it's their village bottling from different soils. The different quarters (El Pino, Fuentearriba, Fuentenarro, and Castillo) are fermented separately. Flor de Pingus is all old vines fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts (he hasn't needed to use selected yeasts since 2001 or so and always in special circumstances) and matured in oak barrels, mostly used and some of different sizes. 2015 is a powerful, warm and ripe year where the secret was to be able to harvest early to keep the freshness; Sisseck feared the year could have been another 2011 but he managed much fresher wines. The nose is very harmonious and shows no heat. The palate is terribly balanced with refined tannins, silky and in a way exuberant (rather than rough), ripe but suave and with enough freshness. It has the Ribera del Duero character and is also faithful to the vintage and grape with great precision. All in all, a great vintage of Flor de Pingus with power and elegance. This will age effortlessly in the bottle.
Purchase the Flor de Pingus here: