2012 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez "Pesquera" Crianza Tinto Ribera del Duero
Wine & Spirits
An indomitable vintage of Pesquera, delicious and wild: This wine’s aromas are reminiscent of raw meat and earth. Right now, the tannins scratch like a cat sprawled out on its back, soft in the middle, but dangerous to approach too closely. And yet the wine has lovely fruit depths at its heart. Too young to drink now, but if you dare, try it with chuletón de Avila (a grilled ribeye) and papas fritas.
Ripe fruit with dried mushroom, blackberry and meat aromas. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
Vibrant ruby. Musky, deeply pitched cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by licorice, dried flowers and smoked meat. Sweet, expansive and focused on the palate, offering dried cherry and fruitcake flavors and an exotic suggestion of chewing tobacco. Vanilla and mocha qualities come forward on a long, smoky finish that features velvety tannins and lingering game and cherry pit qualities. Decidedly old school in style and structured to age. (JR)
Alejandro Fernandez is rightfully a Spanish icon, having been one of the early pioneers in the Ribera del Duero D.O. He is a champion of the local Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) grape variety, and has proven time and time again that his vines around Pesquera del Duero consistently produce rich, powerful, fragrant, and elegant Ribera del Duero that is capable of improving with bottle age. These are wines that are typically aged in more American oak, with a sensible barrel rotation and extraction that never veers too much to the overly dark and chewy side. This is a classic for a reason! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)