Pingus is one of Spain's iconic wines and is highly sought after. Winemaker Peter Sisseck is behind one of Ribera del Duero's hardest to find wines.
"Sappy, seductive aromas of blackberry, blueberry, minerals, potpourri and sweet oak. Rich but vibrant, with incisive, highly complex flavors of black and blue fruits, candied violet, graphite and licorice, and a powerful mineral accent. The endless finish repeats the blue fruit note and clings with outstanding tenacity and focus." 96 pts International Wine Cellar
"The 2010 Pingus is still a puppy, starting off with plenty of roasted notes, with a mix of lactic and dried fruit aromas and the telltale aroma of great French barrels in the shape of smoky peat, which will surely integrate with some time in bottle. The grapes were picked relatively late, on October 18 and 19, going back to the traditional harvesting dates of yesteryear. With some air, it reveals a mix of red and black fruits, a hint of smoke and even a whiff of raw meat. The palate is super-balanced, giving the feeling that magnificent tannin management work has been done here, resulting in a very polished texture that is more northern Rhone than Bordeaux, with some minerality. A streak of acidity makes it more precise. It has the balance and stuffing to age gracefully and slowly. Over all it feels fresher and more delineated than 2009, making 2010 a vintage along the lines of 2008 (a particular favorite of mine) and 1998. Give it time and air if you plan on drinking it soon. 7,000 bottles were produced." 96 pts Wine Advocate.