2000 Dominio Pingus Ribera del Duero

SKU #1228627 96 points 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)  (8/2012)

95 points 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.  (7/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (9/2003)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (12/2004)

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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.

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