($50) Inky ruby. Exotic aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cured tobacco. Lush, sweet and smoky, with a supple texture to the deep dark berry liqueur flavors. No edges here, just luscious dark fruits and a wild smoky quality that carries into the finish. Impressively powerful and rich on the back end, with a lingering blackberry quality that won't quit.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: September/October 2006
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Certainly very floral and lifted on the nose. Smooth texture and very sweet but not quite enough refreshment. Very dry sucky-stoney effects on the finish but the whole is more like a scented lily you fear may fade tomorrow. Presumably they felt they couldn'tpossibly pour the grand vin at such a well attended event.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
The sublime 2004 Flor de Pingus lacks the pure size and power of the 2005 but more than makes up for it with a regal elegance. The aromatics are already revealing considerable complexity while on the palate it is succulent, impeccably balanced, and mouth-coating. Give it another 5-6 years of bottle age and drink it from 2015 to 2034.
This wine looks, smells and tates like a Pingus! its such good and powerful vintage that is difficult to imagine how much good could be the Pingus over this 'Flor' or 2nd label. Its starting to mature slowly is delicoious right now but still 2yrs from entering to peak. Peak that shall last 4-6 yrs easily. It has the ripe fruit, toasty aok bouquet and above all that the TERROIR that makes a Ribera something really special and distictive. Bravo Pingus!
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Self | Rating: 93
Wine of some power, with plenty of time in front of it.