2010 PSI (by Dominio de Pingus) Ribera del Duero DO, Spain.
The PSI is an old vine cuvee (all Tinto Fino-Tempranillo) from Pingus and local growers made to preserve old vine plots in the region, it is crafted by Peter Sisseck (Pingus) and Pablo Rubio. This organic and biodynamic wine is fermented in concrete vats and partially aged in concrete, wood and stainless to showcase the nature and sense of place, this red is a wonderful expression of terroir and old vine heritage and is a rare artisan wine that is highly prized. Peter Sisseck’s Pingus is a more Bordeaux like wine that requires long cellar times to be at it’s very best, so it is great that his talents are on display in this PSI, a wine that can be drunk young and that is remarkable affordable, especially when when you see Pingus at $450-600 a bottle and compared to Chateau Lafite or Latour, the PSI at $45 is a steal really when you consider the quality on offer. The nose has a touch of smoke, but shows a mineral streak, black fruits and acacia flower leading to a refined and round palate of blackberry, blueberry, cherry and poached plum fruits with chalky mineral essence, truffle and ripe tannins. The PSI comes across less like Bordeaux, and more like a Rhone or Burgundy wine with more lift and elegance in it’s youth. This wine looks set to be a star in it’s own right and should drink great for many years to come. It was a great treat to be able to sample this beautiful and richly textured wine from the heart of Spain’s famed Ribera del Duero.
($45 Est.) 93-94 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($41.95)