2009 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez "Pesquera" Crianza Tinto Ribera del Duero
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, bright violet. Blackberry, cherry-vanilla and licorice on the oak-spiced nose. Deep, sweet and pliant, but with very good juicy character and spicy lift to its dark fruit preserve and licorice flavors. Finishes velvety and long, with fine-grained tannins, a repeating notes of licorice and impressive clarity.
Dense, fruity and rock-solid as Ribera goes, this has aromas of cassis and blackberry that are full and lusty. The palate is thick and saturated, with rich black-fruit flavors, finishing long and potent. Drink now–2017.
This is not an in-your-face Ribera del Duero, but instead a wine that showcases a little old-fashioned restraint. Coming in at only 13.5% ABV, this is wonderful Tempranillo, with earthy nuances and wood spice complementing its red-fruited core. Balanced and vibrant, this drinks well already, but may age, too.