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Pingo Pingo

Viñedos de Alcohuaz

Pingo Pingo Bottle
Appellation
Elqui Valley
Variety
Cariñena
Age of Vines
14
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Sand, decomposed granite
Altitude
2188 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, natural yeast fermentation in stone lagars, crushed by foot, 12-day maceration
Aging
36 months in 16HL concrete eggs, then 4 years in bottle, vegan

Overview

From a vineyard planted in 2009, Pingo Pingo is 100% Cariñena from vines in the Alto Elqui Valley. At an elevation of 2188 meters above sea level, this site is prone to snow and late spring frost followed by drought and intense solar radiation in the summer. These challenging conditions make for an energetic, nervy, and focused Cariñena of incredible length but one that requires extensive aging in concrete egg and bottle before its tannins turn silky and refined. While the universe of Carignan fanatics may be modest, this is a must-try wine for any who appreciates that even “humble” varieties can make world-class wines when grown in the right place and nurtured by a sensitive winemaker like Marcelo Retamal.

Ratings & Reviews

96

2016 Pingo Pingo

Source: VM

92

2016 Pingo Pingo

Source: WA

95

2015 Pingo Pingo

Source: DE

95

2015 Pingo Pingo

Source: VM

95

2015 Pingo Pingo

Source: WA

Coquimbo, Chile
  • Location
    Coquimbo, Chile
  • Appellation
    Elqui Valley
  • Proprietor
    Patricio Flaño
  • Winemaker
    Marcelo Retamal
  • Size / Elevation
    20 hectares / 1720-2206 meters

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