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(2021) Chosen as wine of the week because it is a very good wine, but also because the death of winemaker and founder of Pesquera, Alejandro Fernandez, was announced just a few weeks ago. Fernandez was one of the most famous winemakers of Europe, and one of the first to put the Spanish region of Ribera del Duero on the map in the 1970s. The colour here is a such a vivid crimson, the nose a blend of smokiness, dark cherry compote and fragrant raspberry. American oak adds a vanilin smoothness to nose and palate, where the juiciness of the tempranillo is set against a bittersweet liquorice twist. The acid and silky tannins combine to give good structure, but the sweet fruit is fat and ripe on the mid-palate. Watch the video for food matching suggestions and more information. A fitting curtain call for Señor Fernandez.
(2013) 80% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in American, French and Russian oak barrels. It has a lifted, smoky and incense note that is lovely. Plenty of bold black fruit, plenty of depth and tobacco-touched richness, but lovely style and inviting ripeness and warmth. The palate has a really juicy, vital, keen edge: cherry and plum skin tartness is racy and fine, scything through the chocolate richness of tannins and oak. Delicious, big, but not clumsy.
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