Pesquera Tinto 2009 Spain 100% Tempranillo

Tasting:          Date: October 03, 2012

Varietal:         Tempranillo

Country:         Spain

Tasting Date Price:  $31.99

Rating:  91 Int’l. WC / 91 WA

Alcohol Content:  14%

Vineyard Website:   http:: www.pesqueraafernandez.com

Visual Aspect: Deep bright violet

Nose:  Blackberry, cherry vanilla & licorice

Palate:  Deep, sweet and pliant, finishes velvety and long, with fine-grained tannins, repeating notes of licorice and impressive clarity.

Food Pairing:  Pair this classic-styled wine with one of my favorite Old-World dishes, beef bourguignon

 Winery Notes: In 1999 Alejandro Fernandez discovered a parcel of old, head-pruned Tempranillo in the historic windmill village of Campo de Criptana in La Mancha . Unmistakable ‘Pesquera bouquet. Dark ruby-colored exhibits an inviting nose of cedar, spice box, mineral, violets, & blackberry, followed by a ripe, racy, nicely proportioned w/ excellent concentration & length. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom & drink from 2013 to 2023.

Viticulture:    Tempranillo, a very important red grape varietal that’s native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn’t gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.

Winemaker’s Comments: 100% Tempranillo from gravel benchland and calcareous clay meseta (high elevation) vineyards between 20 and 40 years of age. An elegant middleweight vintage with pure fruit expression and minerality, good length and excellent structure for aging. Unmistakable ‘Pesquera bouquet.’

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