2006 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero

SKU #1140232 98 points 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)  (6/2010)

95 points 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)  (10/2008)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (11/2008)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Ribera del Duero

Alcohol Content (%): 15.5