Although I would not regard the 2003 Pingus as a perfect wine, it remains a fantastic Ribera del Duero. It has a scintillating bouquet of dark cherries, graphite, black truffle, Indian ink and liquorice that is incredibly precise. The palate is rounded and opulent on the entry: an unashamedly luscious wine with a silky-smooth texture. It is generous and perhaps a little more forward than I was expecting, but it is a Pingus that is impossible to dislike. Drink now-2025+.
Heavy oak flavors of smoke, espresso and toast dominate this big red, but there is a core of ripe plum fruit, accented with mineral and tobacco notes. It's concentrated and heady, if a bit austere now. Best from 2007 through 2015. 400 cases imported