B-21 Top Recommendation
With many visits to the Ribera del Duero, I stumbled on the 2005 Hermanos Perez Pascuas El Pedrosal Reserva a few years ago. Big success garnering a 95 point review from the Wine Advocate. Skip 2006, 2007, 2008 and here we go again: There are indeed very old vines in Ribera del Duero but know that much of the planting has occurred just in the last 20 years making those old vine wines a bit elusive (just not here - now). Ribera del Duero became an appellation in 1982 (50+ years after Rioja) and with that an explosion of new vineyard plantings. Historically, many of the best vineyard sources were under contract with Ribera's most prestigious property, Vega Sicilia, founded in the 1860s. Vega Sicilia would selectively buy the best grapes from Ribera farmers, those that had old vine parcels. With their own vineyards and purchased grapes, Vega Sicilia wines became world renown, blue chip, a most collectable estate.
With their father selling grapes from his old vineyards, the brothers Benjamin, Adolfo and Manuel Perez Pascuas decided (wisely) to create there own winery based on dad's vineyard holdings. As prices of grapes began to rise with the official appellation defined in 1982, a winery became financially viable and so this project began, and a number of families wineries followed in the same fashion. That the wine is a dozen years old makes it somewhat a rarity, a mature beauty. Think: 12 in '21. Back to vine age (it is after all a prerequisite for profound wine), 72 year old vines for this Reserva.