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Flor de Pingus, Ribera del Duero, 2003

June 22, 2008

~$50US, 100% Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain

This is the 2nd wine of the cult-garagiste-super-hyped Dominio de Pingus, in Ribera del Duero. Peter Sisseck brings a Bordelais heritage and strict selection with obnoxiously low yields to the Tempranillo grape. I just saw the 05’s come out, so I was temped to try this bottle. I popped and decanted about an hour before tasting.

It just smelled big – an overscaled bowl of cherries and strawberries like a massively rich California Pinot Noir. There was something primal about the nose – not earthy, but of-the-earth. Given the power of the aroma, I was expecting the palate to be jammy-jam extracted, but it shocked me with a very acidic and bright punch to the mouth. Young and vibrant. It didn’t give much in the midpalate and the tannins were grip-tight, but the finish just wouldn’t quit. One of the most lingering wines I’ve had in awhile, ripe with red cherries and dusty leather.

This is obviously a wine built for the long haul – 5 hours in the decanter, and still tight. A new-world nose, with an old world palate – fascinating, but just not in a pleasurable place right now. Like getting a masterful massage when you have a really bad sunburn – sometimes it’s best to wait a little longer.

Update: I left about 1 glass worth in a half-bottle overnight. Softer overall and more even-keeled. Chewey (almost chunky – depositing strange residue specs on the glass) with leather dominating along with coffee flavors. Acidity still coming through most prominently. Not quite there…but much more interesting than day 1.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2008 9:52 am

    Thanks for the review — I have 1 bottle of this — think I will sit on it for a few years. Appreciate your review.

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