Summary of Peter Sisseck's appraisal of the 2011 vintage
According to Peter Sisseck, "the 2011 vintage could be a great year in the Ribera del Duero but at the same time cause controversy". The winter was mild and damp, but the spring and summer were hot and very dry, and the date of the grape harvest will have been crucial in order to avoid mistaking strength and concentration for imbalance in the grapes. For those who knew when to choose the right moment, it will be "a vintage of a maturity almost never seen in the Ribera del Duero, with an absence of harsh tannins". The 2011 wines are starting out along the lines of 2009: very powerful wines, rounded and concentrated, yet in turn very well-balanced due to the fineness and maturity of the tannins.
The end of autumn and the beginning of winter were moderate, but then winter produced some lower temperatures on average than in previous years; moreover, with plentiful rainfall that counterbalanced the prolonged drought which would be suffered later during the summer. High temperatures in March and April contributed to a slightly early bud break and the absence of frosts and hail allowed good progress of the growth cycle.
The shortage of wet weather once summer arrived favoured an excellent state of health in the grapes, but that lack of water and the high temperatures meant an increased risk of dehydration. It is in these situations that the older vineyards, thanks to their deep and mature root system, show their ability to adapt to the climate and anticipate any drying out occurring in the grapes. The almost summer-like weather during the grape harvest was also favourable to the best parcels and the grapes reached the winery in perfect condition.
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Flor de Pingus 2011 (PR) front and back
Dominio de Pingus
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Peter Sisseck is Pingus. An agronomist and oenologist who was born in Copenhagen in 1962, he studied at the University of Bordeaux and worked for several years at some important wineries in the region. Together with his uncle, Peter-Vinding-Diers, he established what came to be known as Bordeaux's 'new wave'...
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