Few wines have attained iconic status, and maintained it, as rapidly as Pingus. Numbers will never do more than scratch the surface of a wine, but it still seems worth mentioning that the wine has earned 98-100 point scores from The WIne Advocate in 14 of its 26 vintages to date, including five 100-point wines. All that for a wine that didn’t exist prior to the 1995 vintage. The project had begun modestly, when Peter Sisseck was still winemaker at Hacienda Monasterio. Looking for something to make that he could call his own, he scoured Ribera del Duero for old vines and eventually secured the Barroso and San Cristobal vineyards. With just 4 hectares between them, the sites produce a tiny amount of wine from the nearly-centenarian vines, all worked biodynamically and with fanatical attention to detail.