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Dominio de Pingus, "Flor de Pingus" Ribero del Duero 1996
The second wine of this much-vaunted (and much Parker-ised) bodega, also fetching premium prices on the back of rave reviews. Very dense, dark, purple/black. Beautiful sweetness on the nose with little rose-hip and violet nuances. There is blackcurrant, pepper and some briary undertones. On the palate it is very firm, with grippy tannins and a liquorice edge. There is a coffee-bean and tobacco depth lurking there as well as more juicy blackcurrant. It has a long, smooth, concentrated finish. Needs a few years, but an excellent wine of considerable power and finesse. (01/00)