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Dominio de Pingus Psi 2014

Dominio de Pingus Psi 2014

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"The 2014 PSI is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and perhaps 1% of other grapes found interplanted with the other varieties in the old vineyards, mostly white Albillo. The idea here is to protect the old vineyards that are disappearing from Ribera del Duero and provide some added value to the grapes coming from them. They have identified a grand total of only 56 hectares of Garnacha in Ribera del Duero, and they have rented 20 of those to save them, because they were set to be uprooted. It has great freshness and energy, with an herbal/leafy touch in the nose that also adds complexity. It's a wine that seems to improve from vintage to vintage, and I believe the jump will be noticeable when they produce it in their own winery from the 2015 vintage onward. The Garnacha always has a lower pH than the Tempranillo, and helps to provide an extra spark of freshness. This is an approachable Ribera, but keeping the character of yesteryear. This is really what Ribera del Duero used to be: all old vineyards and no new oak whatsoever. Kudos to that! 210,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2016. From 2013, there will also be a Gran Reserva-style of PSI, with long aging (three+ years), of which a ruby-colored barrel sample really transported me to the great wines of yesteryear. I cannot wait to drink the bottled version soon! Drink: 2017-2020. 92 points

Peter Sisseck has done it again! He's crafted an otherworldly Pingus in the superb 2014 vintage in the Ribera del Duero region. All of the wines from that year are simply unbelievable, with possibly the best version of Flor de Pingus ever, and a Pingus that rivals the already perfect 2012. I just wonder where you can go from here, because I previewed a special lot of the 2015, floral and fresh—even drinkable now (I did it!)—that resembled the elegance and perfume of the 1996, one of my favorite early vintages. And even if it's still very early, he was ecstatic about the quality of the 2016 (which I was kicking myself for not having the chance to taste), something in common with all of the people that were ABLE to harvest early. So the future couldn't look brighter for Pingus!!

Talking about the more accessible PSI, 2014 is the last year when they fermented the wine outside their facilities, as they simply didn't have enough space. From 2015 on, they have built a new winery in Aranda de Duero and all subsequent wines are produced there, working the traditional Ribera del Duero way, which was mixing grapes from different origins. By the way, there is a PSI Gran Reserva aged for three years in well-seasoned barrels in the pipeline, of which I also tasted a barrel sample from 2013 that blew me away. Stay tuned!"

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (229)