2012 Pesquera Tinto Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain

B-21 Top Recommendation
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There's no shortage of competition in Ribera del Duero. My visits to the winemakers in this region can span several days, culminating at the eastern edge where vines are grown at dizzying heights of more than 3,000 feet above sea level. But there's an unspoken truth here – a respect that's known across the region – Alejandro Fernandez is El Jefe when it comes to Tempranillo in these parts. A living icon, he produces wines of uncompromising stature; potent, yet naturally concentrated and with an underlying elegance that allows his expressions of place and time to age more gracefully than any others. His extremely high elevation vineyards are planted to calcareous clay meseta soils and gravelly benchlands deposited in ancient times. These soils impart the unmistakable mineral undertones while forcing root stocks to struggle, ensuring character-filled fruit at every harvest. These are vines and soils perfected over generations, Alejandro their guide into bottle.


Initial cola and root-beer aromas precede floral berry scents. A strict palate is firm but avoids crushing weight. Narrow plum, currant and berry flavors are focused and framed by roaring tannins. This is still young and tough, but with great potential; drink from 2019–2035.

93 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Apr 2018)

There's a lot to like here: assertive, flavoursome black cherry and plum fruits are dressed in cedary fresh oak. The right feel for the reserva grade. Drink now or hold.

92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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