Bodegas y Viñedos Alnardo

Ribera del Duero

'PSI' Tinto Fino 2020


PSI is the brainchild of Peter Sisseck, founder of Dominio de Pingus. The project is organised and run by winemaker Pablo Rubio. It’s a sub-regional assemblage of authentic Tinto Finos, recovered from co-op production and re-imagined. These are the old bush-vine holdings of the senior citizens of Ribera del Duero (old peasant guys in the main); heritage genetics of great quality, but which have been making uninspired co-op plonk for decades.

In conjunction with Pablo Rubio, Peter has re-fashioned the viticulture of these old vines, and rejuvenated the old guys’ relationship with their gnarled old plots. These old, low-cropped vines of Tinto Fino have never seen chemicals. They are carefully handled and under-made in large old wood and raw concrete. The idea is to render concentrated old-vine fruit in as delicate and poetic register as possible. ‘Alnardo’ is a lovely tract of land near Peter’s home, and is a mere namesake of the project, not its location. PSI is the 23rd letter of the Greek Alphabet (and also the initials P and Si of the maker, Señor Sisseck).

The nose is spicy with white pepper, licorice, dark cola and rock, and a lovely thread of vegetal balsamics. A wine of great balance – the palate has plenty of warm spice and glides wonderfully without any sticking points. Delightfully low glycerol allows flow without clutter.