2000 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The millennial Pingus is a fabulous wine from Peter Sisseck. It is endowed with a riveting, intense, vivacious bouquet of liquorice, creme de cassis, peppermint and kirsch and blossoms in the glass. The palate is fully loaded with glycerine-rich black fruit that lends it an unctuous texture that is neatly counterbalanced by requisite acidity. This is the Pingus that the 1998 wanted to be. (NM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby to the rim. Initially cool aromas of blackberry, coffee, mocha and lead pencil; showed a chocolatey aspect with 24 hours in the recorked bottle. Very rich, dense and deep, with a suave, utterly creamy texture. The wine's great sucrosity is buffered by tangy acidity. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins and great persistence. The crop levels in the vineyards that go into Pingus were cut by spring hail (and Peter Sisseck's decision to prune all of the affected bunches), resulting in the lowest yield for this wine since its inception in 1995.
*Collectibles* Lavish oak gives alluring chocolate and toasty flavors, yet there's enough ripe fruit for balance, with notes of cassis and blueberry. Firm, ripe tannins give age-worthy structure, yet the wine remains balanced. Focused and deep.
Looks more evolved than the 1999. Dumber on the nose at present. Big, round rather majestic fruit hits the palate and completely disguises tannins. Good, balancing acidity. Round, broad sweep of confident young flavours. Should get there. 18.5/20 points.