2005 Pingus

SPAIN / CASTILLA Y LEON /
  • 99 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Tempranillo
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SKU: 56324-2005-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($650) Ruby-red. Suave, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry-cola aromas slowly unfold to display anise, graphite, smoky bacon and roasted coffee. Deeply concentrated but improbably elegant, with lively red and dark fruit favors supported by silky tannins and braced by fresh minerality. In no way a blockbuster, this finishes with outstanding persistence and insinuating cassis and mineral qualities. Much more about finesse and balance than size or brute force. One has to lament the price. (The Rare Wine Company, Sonoma, CA)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: September/October 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    100% Tinto Fino (70-year-old vines) and 100% new oak. Less immediately charming on the nose than the Flor de Pingus but the violet perfume emerges gradually in the glass. Structured but tannins already starting to melt. Cool and fresh and then the power of the thick chocolate tannins kicks in on the powerful finish. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 2005 Pingus is the most powerful of this series (power being a major characteristic of the top 2005s in the DO). It offers up a perfume beginning to develop some complexity, terrific volume and richness on the palate, and a lengthy, pure finish. This is a great wine that should have a 40 year lifespan.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: rcl
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

  • 119 bottles owned
  • 26 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 26 collectors)