Dominio de Pingus 2008 - Pingus 750 ml.
Spain - Ribera del Duero
Red - Vintage: 2008 - Size: 750 ml.
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 single-vineyard Cote Roties, or Giacomo Conterno's Monfortino, Pingus is known and admired wherever great wine is discussed. Pingus is produced by the visionary Danish winemaker Peter Sisseck. Peter arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project, Hacienda Monasterio. While planting and developing Monasterio, he began to dream about the old vines he saw dotted around the Ribera del Duero landscape. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found several ancient vineyards that inspired him to make his own wine. He called it ÒPingus," after his childhood nickname. One can only imagine what the reactions were like when Peter showed up in Bordeaux at the March 1996Êen primeurÊtastings. Yet, by the end of the week, Pingus was perhaps the greatest story of that season's futures campaign. Robert Parker announced the wine on the back cover of his Wine Advocate, bestowing an unheard of 96-100 point score. The world took notice, and Pingus was on its way.
The 2008 Pingus is one of the finest that I have tasted. It is closed on the nose at first, broody even, and giving it a few encouraging swirls is akin to awakening a giant. It opens gloriously with small dark cherries, black olives, crushed stone and violet, an underlying minerality that is difficult to ignore. The palate is blessed with a Chateau Margaux-like sense of symmetry that leads to a tensile, precise finish that carries on for a minute in the mouth. This will turn out to be an awesome Pingus. Drink 2018-2040.
James Suckling: 97
This is so refined and incredible with seamless tannins. Full and reserved. Wonderful length. A beauty. Perfect now.
Wine Enthusiast: This is so refined and incredible with seamless tannins. Full and reserved. Wonderful length. A beauty. Perfect now.
Red fruit flavors of cherry and berry are accented with herbal and spicy notes, with crisp acidity balancing the light, firm tannins. Nicely focused.-Non-blind Pingus vertical (January 2012). Drink now through 2018. 465 cases made.