Dominio de Pingus 'PSI', Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2017
Overview of the Wine
Like those other esteemed names, Pingus has a quality that is often lacking in today's "modern" wines-a sense of utter individuality. There is no other wine in the world, let alone Spain, that is quite like Pingus, and that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine.
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 "Pingus," after his childhood nickname.
Peter's winery work has been widely imitated, and many wines can mimic the exotic textures that Pingus possesses. Yet, while they might approach Pingus' style, none of these newcomers has the substance that defines Pingus.
PSI is the 23rd letter in the Greek alphabet and is the name of Peter Sisseck's (of the coveted Pingus and Flor de Pingus) utopian wine from Ribera del Duero. Peter has sought out the best independent vineyard growers in Ribera and is incentivizing them to improve viticultural practices and shun chemicals, lower yields and practice biodynamics by paying them increasingly for the fruit as they improve. The result is a "give back" to the region wine that also expresses the "soul" of Ribera.
Grape / Blend
Ribera del Duero, Spain
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
"Peter Sisseck founded his Psi project in 2006, working to train local growers in organic and biodynamic viticulture. He released his first vintage in 2007, with gentle extractions and minimal new oak. Fast-forward to the challenging 2017 vintage and the latest release sustains some blueberry and currant-jam flavors, but it’s the oak tannins that dominate. It’s a smoky, meaty red to pour with braised lamb."
Product size: 750ml