2005 Perez Pascuas El Pedrosal Reserva, Ribera del Duero (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub-Region: Ribera del Duero
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 95WA
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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One of the big surprises of my round in Ribera del Duero was the 2005 El Pedrosal Reserva, a new Tempranillo bottling from the Pérez Pascuas family. From 69-year-old vines, the lot was supposed to be part of the Gran Reserva that was kept and bottled much later. It expresses the varietal, place and year, with a developed nose full of notes of tea leaves, fine leather, earth and brick dust. The label somewhat makes me think of those from López de Heredia in Rioja and, to a point, the wine too. It's polished and sleek, elegant in that rustic style Ribera del Duero is capable of. It has moderate alcohol and very good acidity. This is a classical red that could probably age for 25 years. It's a different style from the rest of the Pérez Pascuas portfolio, a wine crafted specially for their US importer, and in principle, it's only going to be sold in the US. With this 2005, they start with a big bang. A great vin de garde. One to chase! 10,830 bottles were filled in January 2008. It will be released in September 2018. Following vintages will be 2006 and 2009.

95+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)