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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2017


    “Opaque ruby. Smoke- and spice-tinged dark berries and cherry liqueur on the intensely perfumed nose, which is energized by a suggestion of cracked pepper. Pliant bitter cherry, blackberry and violet pastille flavors show very good depth and emerging floral character. Opens up steadily on the persistent finish, which features subtly chewy tannins and lingering florality. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 92 points

    Peter Sisseck’s influence on Ribera del Duero’s worldwide reputation cannot be overstated. His Pingus is now considered to be one of Spain’s and the world’s greatest red wines, with a price to match. It’s always a pleasure, not to mention a rare occurrence, to be able to drink Pingus, but the good news is that his two other bottlings, Flor de Pingus and PSI, which he makes from purchased grapes, are more readily available and, in the context of the region’s best wines, real values. Flor de Pingus has been steadily increasing in reputation and demand, and while it isn’t cheap, compared to wines of similar quality from the great winegrowing regions of the world, it delivers solid value. As for the PSI, it’s simply an outstanding example of Ribera del Duero for a very fair price. Plus, readers will be able find it fairly easily. Sisseck has been dialing the oak treatment way back for all of his wines over the last decade, and current releases show more finesse and precision than those of 25 years ago, when he set up this bodega.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Dominio de Pingus Psi 2018


    “I had already tasted the unbottled 2018 PSI, which saw a jump in quality after they got a new winery where they had much better working conditions. 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 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. Viva Garnacha! 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020. Drink: 2020-2026. 94 points

    I tasted the bottled 2018s from Dominio de Pingus and also the unbottled 2019s, as the wines are sold as “futures,” or “en primeur,” through their importers and then, in most cases, offered by the importers to their final customers. 2018 is a stellar vintage with an amazing Pingus and the best PSI to date. 2019 was warmer, but the wines have an unusual combination of ripeness and elegance that Sisseck told me he’s never seen before. Some of the 2019s might end up being better than the 2018 counterparts. Today, the 2019 Flor de Pingus is showing exceptionally well.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (09/20)

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  • Finca Villacreces Nebro 2016


    “Produced with the fruit from one plot that is believed to have been planted in 1920, the 2016 Nebro is powerful and concentrated but still very oaky after 12 months in foudre and two months in barrique. It has abundant spicy and toasty notes, black fruit, peat, graphite and licorice. It’s full-bodied and tannic. Will it come into balance with time in bottle? 1,188 bottles and 100 magnums were filled in July 2018. Drink: 2022-2028. 93? points

    The 154 hectares of vineyards from Finca Villacreces have been certified organic since 2017, but the wines do not carry the organic certification. They produce between 500,000 and 750,000 bottles depending on the vintage.

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (255)

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  • Vega Sicilia Unico 2006


    “I tasted the 2006 Único again, and it’s clearly the best Único produced in the last few years, to which I don’t find much logic, as on paper 2004 and 2005 were better years in Ribera del Duero. However it is, the 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture in the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. I’d wait to pull the cork, even if it’s drinkable and quite showy already. This is the current vintage in 2018, even if the 2007 and 2008 were released before it and even before the 2005. In 2019 they will release the 2009. 93,993 bottles, 2,552 magnums, 165 double magnums and six imperials were produced. Drink: 2020-2035. 98 points

    I tasted the 2018 releases from Vega Sicilia some time ago and published the notes before the wines hit the market—in the Interim End of January 2018 Issue—but I also wanted to include the notes here with the rest of the Ribera del Duero wines. I’ve tasted the wines again, but the tasting notes and scores are mostly the same as my previous findings/notes published in January 2018.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (238)

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