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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 15 
TypeRed
ProducerBodegas Alejandro Fernández (web)
VarietyTempranillo
DesignationTinto Pesquera Reserva
Vineyardn/a
CountrySpain
RegionCastilla y León
SubRegionn/a
AppellationRibera del Duero

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2025 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 8 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by vinole on 8/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Had this at a restaurant and was surprisingly open and ready to go as a PnP. I immediately got a big shot of oak on the palate and some big, lush fruit of currant and plum and fairly low acidity. Came across to me more like a big Napa cab than a RdD. Not what I look for from this region (though it's becoming quite common), but a good wine for its style better suited to pair with steak than tapas. (1394 views)
 Tasted by Ken332 on 6/20/2014 & rated 91 points: Double decanted about 3 hours before serving. Dense, dark purple color, surprisingly nice nose for such a young wine, intense initial flavors of blackberries, plums, and spices with nice mid-range and finish. Moderate tannins buried under the lovely fruit. This wine will be even better in a year or two, but still a lovely wine and close to the WA evaluation of 93 or the Tanzer evaluation of 92(+). Look forward to drinking this wine over the next 10-15 years. (1405 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 5/27/2013: Impressive depth and meaty fruit. Pretty much what you would expect from a Ribera del Duero with saddle leather, black fruit, chunky tannins and teeth gripping structure. (2343 views)
 Tasted by maderay on 11/17/2012: This is not a Reserva (2396 views)

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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, September/October 2012, IWC Issue #164
(Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva) Subscribe to see review text.
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Bodegas Alejandro Fernández

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Tempranillo

Varietal character (Appellation America) | TAPAS: Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society

Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero region in Spain. Tempranillo's aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Being low in acidity and sugar content, it is commonly blended with Carignan (Mazuela), Grenache (Garnacha), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

WineAccess
The varietal is at its best in top Riojas, where oak aging is employed to generate increased complexity and harmony. From the best sites, these wines can be remarkably concentrated with great aging potential. New wines from this region are darker, and more robust, with more dynamic primary fruit flavors than traditionally styled examples. These wines seem to reflect the influence of Spain's other key region for Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero. Regardless of style, Riojas tend to be medium bodied wines, with more acid than tannins. These wines generally feature Tempranillo blended with Garancha, Mazuelo, and Graciano. For these wines, there are three quality levels, which will appear on the label. Everyday drinking wines fall under the category of "Crianza", "Reserva" denotes more complex and concentrated wines, and "Gran Reserva" refers to the most intense wines, made only in the best years.

The same labeling scheme applies to wines from Ribera del Duero, which, like Rioja, is dominated by Tempranillo and shares similar blending grapes. Again, Ribera del Duero wines are generally darker and more powerful than the most traditional Riojas. These wines also generally see less oak treatment than Riojas. From Rioja, we like wines from Allende, Marqués de Cáceres, Montecillo, and Cune. In Ribera del Duero, consider Dominio de Pingus, Emilio Moro, Convento San Francisco, and Pesquera.
Pair older-style Rioja with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin. However, the newer style of Rioja and Ribera del Duero works especially well with bolder meat dishes or an aged Spanish cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal.

Spain

Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.

Castilla y León

Castilla y León Wine (Turismo Castilla y León )

Ribera del Duero

El Corazón del Duero - The Heart of Duero (Consejo Regulador de la D.O. Ribera del Duero)

 
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