For me, it started with Hacienda Monasterio in the end of the 1990’s. I had heard about Pingus but it was way out of my budget. Still is by the way. Or put it like this; I’m not stupid to pay 500 EUR+ for the latest release of a wine. But then the Flor de Pingus joined the portfolio of the Danish oenologist Peter Sisseck. Called the second wine of Pingus by many which is not entirely correct. Flor de Pingus are made of Tempranillo from vineyards that Sisseck either owns or rents in the La Horra part. Bio-dynamic since eight years, the Flor de Pingus resembles the Pingus and must be considered one of the greatest buys out there.
As a semi-Dane I’m proud. Can’t help it. And I love the Flor de Pingus! The 2010 tasted over several days must be one of the most impressive made so far. The oak treatment, which has been criticized in other Ribera del Duero wines numerous of times, is delicate in the 2010, partly of course due to the great vintage. Sure, there’s always people who will get offended but they should keep away from this kind of modernly styled wine anyway.
Dark youthful color. Oozing of humus, dark berries, spices, fresh tobacco, flowers and toasted oak. Pretty seductive! On the palate it shows a structure of a great wine with fine balancing acidity and plenty of tannins hiding behind the youthful fruit. Spices, blackberries, violets, wet earth and vanilla. It’s so pure and you don’t want this to end. Thankfully it doesn’t; the aftertaste is long and leaves me there, proud of my Danish origin. A Dane producing some of the best wines in Spain. Who would have known that in 1995, when Pingus started?
PS. Give the 2010 Flor de Pingus at least five or six years before you start drinking them.
PS. 2. On the fourth day the wine had reached such lovely integrated aromas and taste of violets, sweet tobacco and wet earth.
PS.3. If you haven’t tasted it yet, do buy Sisseck’s PSI as well. Half the price of Flor de Pingus, more rough and less grand, but ridiculously seductive!
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