2009 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez "Pesquera" Reserva Ribera del Duero

SKU #1140622 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pesquera Reserva is aged for 24 months in barrel. It offers luscious fruit: a medley of red and black fruit that are well defined, infused by iodine and black olive compote scents that add another dimension. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite sturdy tannins that encase the layers of ripe fruit at the black end of the spectrum. It has a creamy veneer that caresses the mouth and a sweet, vanilla tinged finish that is modern in style, but fresh, well balanced and classy. This Pesquera is endowed with the potential to age gracefully over 15 to 20 years. This is a gorgeous wine that can only bring smiles to faces. Drink 2014-2025+  (2/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% tempranillo, raised for 24 months in American oak barriques): Deep ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of candied cherry, sassafras and potpourri, with subtle cured meat and mineral notes building with air. Rich but vibrant, offering sweet dark fruit flavors that gain energy and spiciness in the glass. Chewy tannins add grip the sweet, powerfully long finish. This is still a baby.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

The 2009 vintage shows how serious and beautiful a wine the Pesquera Reserva is. Red fruit aromatics, with strong notes of cherry confit, also show a bit of a wild and savory streak, with perhaps a suggestion of sweet root vegetables. This leads to a palate of mixed berry fruits, with both red and dark fruits intermingling. Very good acidity on the palate and supremely elegant, this is a beautiful Ribera del Duero for early enjoyment, though it clearly has the bones to last 20+ years. What a fantastic Ribera del Duero, and just an incredibly powerful, elegant expression of Tempranillo. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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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.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
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Ribera del Duero