2010 Psi Ribera del Duero

SKU #1122356 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Psi has a more tightly wound bouquet than the 2009 with fresh blackberry, blueberry and vanilla essence that is well defined and harmonious. The palate is very well defined and the tannins, a little finer and more filigree than the 2009. It is fresh and natural, with precise dark berry and balsamic notes towards the finish. Thankfully the 2010 maintains its natural, almost -laid-back- persona and it represents the best Psi to date. Drink 2013-2019.  (8/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Pungent, expressive scents of cherry and dark berries, dried flowers and incense. Sappy cherry and cassis flavors are braced by tangy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Richer on the finish, with its resounding notes of cherry compote and Asian spices. This vibrant wine drinks very easily right now.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

A new project from Peter Sisseck (of Pingus fame). The first thing you should know about this wine is that it is not Pingus: no new oak is used, the wines are made in a less extracted, less showy style, and the goal is to produce a terroir-driven expression of organically and biodynamically cultivated Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). Working together with winemakers who have old vine plots at about 800 meters in altitude, Sisseck is allowing the wine to undergo alcoholic fermentation in concrete, followed by malolactic and aging in 1- to 2-year-old French oak. As a result, the wine is deeply, intensely dark fruited, with a bit of wood at this early stage, but lots of transparency as well. Also, some minerals assert themselves on the palate.. It will be interesting to see how Psi progresses; I suspect that these wines will only get better with more time.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5