Tinto Pesquera, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero DO, Alejandro Fernandez, Crianza, Spain 2009,14% abv, US $32

Rather than lug this back through customs in my tiny suitcase, I decided to liberate it on an evening in Boston. It could have waited a few years as it’s still a tad green and grippy. That said, it was still enjoyable.

This wine is an opaque crimson with a purple core moving to a thick light ruby rim and noticeable legs. It has medium intensity and is developing with an aroma profile of black and ripe red berries, anise, leather, vanilla, oak and spice.

The palate is dry with medium acidity and grippy, young tannins.  The alcohol is relatively high alongside an intense flavour profile of of ripe blackberry, red currant and cassis, earth, leather and savoury game.  The finish is long and luscious.

A premium wine in Canada, this is high priced in the US market. Definitely drinkable now but can be kept for ageing at least another 10 years as it’s developing and herbaceous with lovely balance between tannin, fruit and acidity.  WSET Very Good.


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