Flor de Pingus 2018
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Dominio de Pingus
Country: Spain Region: Castilla Leon
District: Ribera del Duero
Grapes Varieties: Tempranillo
Classification: Production: 10,000 cases
Alcohol: 14.5% abv Packing: Original Carton of 12 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
RP=94+ Like the rest of the wines, I tasted the bottled 2018 Flor de Pingus—which I tasted unbottled last year—next to the 2019 that will be bottled in June 2021, and it was great to see how the wines reflected the character of the two vintages. All of the estate vineyards are certified organic, and this is pure Tinta del País, the local strain of Tempranillo, from 40 hectares in five different locations (parajes) of the village of La Horra where the Pingus vineyards are also located. It fermented with natural yeasts and also natural malolactic and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. The day I tasted it, the wine was oakier than normal, but the amount of new oak is not higher than normal. The palate showed much better, with very fine and polished tannins. There is freshness, even red fruit, and good balance. The oak should integrate with a little more time in the bottle. 120,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020.
JS=94 A ripe, layered red with plum, black cherry, and some toasted oak. It’s full-bodied with rounded tannins, but there’s a lively edge to the wine as well. Subtle and fine. Sort of shy still. Drink or hold.
WS=91 Concentrated but backed with a solid freshness, this red offers plum, cherry and vanilla notes interwoven with cedar, clove and tea accents. Full, polished tannins. Drink now through 2029.