1999 Pingus

SPAIN / CASTILLA Y LEON /
  • 98 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Tempranillo
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SKU: 56324-1999-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($295) Full medium ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of cassis, plum, violet, minerals and clove oil. Wonderfully sweet and lush but with superb grip and vinosity, thanks to ripe, harmonious acidity. Already shows explosive inner-mouth flavors of dark berries, minerals and bitter chocolate. Finishes with superb length and sweetness. Sure to be the best vintage for Pingus since the great '96. This was to have been bottled by the end of October. (The Rare Wine Co., Sonoma, CA)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Readers can look forward to a spectacular, nearly perfect 1999 Pingus. It boasts an opaque ruby/purple color, sensational extract, gorgeous concentration, and spectacularly intense blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors infused with incense, coffee, chocolate, and toasty new oak. Enormous levels of extract and richness are accompanied by a full-bodied, glycerin-imbued, thick, viscous finish. The tannin is nearly hidden by the wine's wealth of fruit and concentration.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very deep purplish crimson right out to rim. Heady youthful bumptious Tempranillo savoury tobacco leaf character plus lots of sweet oak. Dramatic but less distinguished and local than some. Blackberries, rich, round and mouth-coating. Very alluring start to the ultra-fruity, hedonistic palate before massive, slightly furry tannins crowd in. Very youthful indeed. Sisseck is extremely enthusiastic about this vintage in which he has gone back to keeping about 20 per cent of the stalks in. It was picked in late October with a yield of under 20 hl/ha and massive natural alcohol.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Dave.Field
In 1995, Danish oenologist Peter Sisseck decided to expand his influence in Spain, establishing the Dominio de Pingus alongside his already-successful Hacienda Monasterio. Because Sisseck was already a well-known name in the wine world, his first vintage of Pingus was met with immediate praise, with Robert Parker describing it as, "One of the greatest and most exciting wines I have ever tasted." Soon, the estate exploded in popularity due to Parker's praise, and the estate had one of the highest debut wine sales in the history of the country. The high cost of this wine is due to exceedingly low production, with about 325 cases made for its debut. These low yields have made Pingus the posterchild of Spain's budding cult wine community. Sisseck produces three wines on the estate: the flagship Pingus label, the Flor de Pingus and the cuvee Ribera del Duero Amelia.

Pingus wine is made using traditional techniques that focus on biodynamics. Sisseck has said, "The vines in my plots are very old. They have never been fertilized nor treated with pesticides, and all grow following the traditional en vaso system." Many of the vines in both the Barroso vineyard and the San Cristobal vineyard are as much as 70 years old. Since 2000, the estate has used entirely biodynamic techniques, producing 500 cases or less of its flagship wine every year. About 46 percent of the grape clusters on the 2012 wine were fermented with their stems on in 2,000-liter oak foudres. The wine is 100 percent Tempranillo and was aged for 21 months in second-use French oak barrels.

Sessick believes that only the finest vintages should be released, and in some years no Pingus wines are released at all due to subpar weather conditions.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 158 bottles owned
  • 48 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 48 collectors)