2006 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Pingus is a spectacular effort. A glass-staining saturated opaque purple, it delivers an other-worldly perfume of smoke, lavender, mineral, scorched earth, and an amalgam of kinky black fruits. Voluptuous on the palate in a measured way, it has superb balance, layered, complex flavors, ripe tannin that is entirely covered by the fruit, and a decade of aging potential. This monumental wine will evolve effortlessly for 10-15 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Powerful, mineral-driven aromas of blackberry, blueberry, creme de cassis, incense and floral oils. Fresh dark berry flavors are youthfully crunchy and strikingly pure, with mounting spiciness and minerality. Silky tannins add support to the broad, palate-staining fruit but quickly fade away, allowing the exotic dark berry flavors to stand out. The mineral element clings impressively on the long, sappy, sweet finish. A superb showing, and no doubt the last time I'll get to try this as it costs more per bottle than my car is worth. (JR)
Still young, this powerful red is thick with tannins. The cassis and black plum flavors are sweet and fresh, concentrated and focused. (TM, Web-2013)
Currently more marked by oak than the Flor de Pingus – lots of sweet toasty spice and vanilla but with fine dark fruit underneath. Some savoury notes and surprisingly not spirity on the nose given the 15.5% alcohol. Rich, dense, firm and dry and yet still rounded and melting in the mouth. A little warm on the finish. Very very young and a long way to go but, even now, excellent balance of fruit and power and freshness. Lots of spice on the finish. 18/20 points (JH)
Pingus is in the La Horra region of Ribera del Duero. The estate's flagship wine is 100% old-vine Tempranillo aged for 14 months in new French barriques.