2017 Dominio de Pingus Psi
PSI is the 23rd letter in the Greek alphabet and is the name of Peter Sisseck’s (of the coveted Pingus and Flor de Pingus) utopian wine from Ribera del Duero. Peter has sought out the best independent vineyard growers in Ribera and is incentivizing them to improve viticultural practices and shun chemicals, lower yields and practice biodynamics by paying them increasingly for the fruit as they improve. The result is a “give back” to the region wine that also expresses the “soul” of Ribera.
Peter Sisseck founded his Psi project in 2006, working to train local growers in organic and biodynamic viticulture. He released his first vintage in 2007, with gentle extractions and minimal new oak. Fast-forward to the challenging 2017 vintage and the latest release sustains some blueberry and currant-jam flavors, but it’s the oak tannins that dominate. It’s a smoky, meaty red to pour with braised lamb.
Ribera del Douro