(Ribera del Duero, Spain) $37

When Dutch-born, Bordeaux-trained winemaker Peter Sisseck first made Pingus in 1995, it was the most revolutionary red wine that had been made in Ribera del Duero (some would say in all of Spain) in more than a century. Pingus (made from the red grape tinto fino, aka tempranillo) is ultra-rare and, at nearly $700, expensive. But its little, little brother “PSI” is a super deal at $37. Named after the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet, PSI is luscious and rich, yet lively. It’s packed with vibrant raspberry, spice, vanilla bean, earth and mineral flavors. Admirably, PSI is a joint venture between Sisseck and Ribera’s poor local growers. He makes the wine and sells it, incentivizing them to preserve their old vines and vineyards. While the 2018 vintage of this wine is already out, I prefer this 2017, which is also available. (14.5% abv)

93 points KM

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