Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Spain
Region: Ribera Del Duero
Appellation: Ribera Del Duero
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Tempranillo
Varietal notes: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha
Organic: Practicing
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: This is a "neo cooperative" where the typical incentives to growers are turned around. Peter pays his growers for fruit based on how they are improving viticulture and practicing biodynamics. His team helps provide the preps and guidance to growers that want to move in the direction of biodynamics. The growers they work with are a hand selected group of those with the oldest and most prized vineyards.
Orientation: Various. Average elevation is 750 meters.
Soil: Various. Calcarious, clay and sand.
Viticulture: The incentives to the growers are towards organics and biodynamics.
Vinification: The goal for the winemaking is to seek the "soul" of Ribera. So there are long slow and gentle macerations. The elevage is relaxed in a combination of cement and large oak with no new wood. Fermentation takes place with wild yeast.
Aging: 18 months in a combination of cement, large oak vats and small used barrels.
Notes: 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.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 92
The 2014 PSI is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and perhaps 1% of other grapes found interplanted with the other varieties in the old vineyards, mostly white Albillo. The idea here is to protect the old vineyards that are disappearing from Ribera del Duero and provide some added value to the grapes coming from them. They have identified a grand total of only 56 hectares of Garnacha in Ribera del Duero, and they have rented 20 of those to save them, because they were set to be uprooted. It has great freshness and energy, with an herbal/leafy touch in the nose that also adds complexity. It's a wine that seems to improve from vintage to vintage, and I believe the jump will be noticeable when they produce it in their own winery from the 2015 vintage onward. The Garnacha always has a lower pH than the Tempranillo, and helps to provide an extra spark of freshness. This is an approachable Ribera, but keeping the character of yesteryear. This is really what Ribera del Duero used to be: all old vineyards and no new oak whatsoever. Kudos to that! 210,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2016. From 2013, there will also be a Gran Reserva-style of PSI, with long aging (three+ years), of which a ruby-colored barrel sample really transported me to the great wines of yesteryear. I cannot wait to drink the bottled version soon!
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 91
Vivid purple. High-pitched cherry, black raspberry and floral scents pick up floral and mineral character with air. Suave, densely packed red fruit preserve and violet pastille flavors are braced by juicy acidity and show an appealingly light touch. Distinctly lively given its heft and showing zero rough edges. Fine-grained tannins come in late and provides shape and definition to a long, focused, floral-dominated finish.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 94 (Suckling)
Fresh and classy nose of cherries, currants and raspberries with hints of pepper. Full body, beautiful and fine-grained tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Delivers the Pingus magic! Drink now or hold. - James Suckling