Flor de Pingus 2017
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Country: Spain Region: Castilla Leon
District: Ribera del Duero
Grapes Varieties: Tempranillo
Classification: Production: 5000 cases
Alcohol: 14% abv Packing: Original Carton of 12 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(JS=94-95) A chunky and pretty young wine with blueberries and blackberries and chocolate. Chewy tannins that are polished and fresh. Full-bodied. Round and sexy. Shows lots of potentials.
(AG=94) Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry preserves, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and candied flowers, with a spicy flourish adding lift. Stains the palate with concentrated black and blue fruit, floral pastille, and spice cake flavors that become more lively as the wine opens up. The floral and cherry notes carry through the strikingly long, sweet, youthfully tannic finish, which features a hint of candied licorice.
(RP=93) Because of very low yields and a warm and dry season, the 2017 Flor de Pingus was produced from very concentrated grapes with lots of tannins, so they had to do a very soft vinification and an extended elevage, being very careful not to dry out the wine. So, they used fewer new oak barrels, and the wine was alternatively in barrique and stainless steel, trying to polish the tannins and keep the juiciness and avoid excessive tannins. So, the wine is polished, more than it usually is. It's ripe but without the perfect ripeness of a great vintage. It has character, in a somehow more baroque way. Peter Sisseck compared it to other vintages finished in seven: 1997, 2007. They only produced some 60,000 bottles, when the normal production should have been around 100,000 bottles, which means they lost some 40% of the crop because of the frost. It was bottled in July 2019, later than in other vintages.