£21.20/ 0.75 L btl
Every bottle of Tinto Pesquera Crianza contains a piece of the history of Ribera del Duero. Back in 1975, when Alejandro Fernández and Esperanza Rivera started to produce it, they put Ribera del Duero on the world winemaking map years before the region was classified as an official appellation.
An open wine, brimming with fruit, approachable right from the start but also capable of ageing most elegantly. Good fruit, delicate oak, elegant tannins and character throughout. An essential red for understanding the Ribera del Duero DO.
What does this wine taste like?
Although every vintage seems to come with conditions, possibly due to the effects of climate change, the amazing work carried out both in the vineyards and in the production process ensures that Pesquera Crianza has maintained the freshness which has come to represent its identity. It displays an intense ruby colour with violet glints and a nose dominated by hints of wild fruit and soothing woodland herbal aromas. Liquorice does not take long to appear as well as a subtle hint of spices from its time spent ageing in American oak. It has a fleshy mouthfeel with rounded tannins, a perfectly integrated acidity and a persistent finish.
|Purple / Violet rim|
|Fruit aromas / Elegant|
|Fruit-forward / Well-integrated wood / Elegant tannins / Characterful|
Drinking and storing
Stuffed aubergines / Stewed meats with mushrooms / Hare / Meat rice dishes
Ratings and awards
|2019||92 PN||93 SK|
|2016||90 PN||92 SK|
A superb wine at a great price
I've been drinking Pesquera from various vintages over the last decade and never has it disappointed. I use this wine to benchmark others and often refer to it when tasting not only Spanish wines but French wines also. Drinks well even if put away for 10 years and I've recently had 2001, 2003 and 2005 vintages. The case of 2014 just purchased has gone into the cellar and I'll be opening the first in about 5 years time..... if I can wait that long of course!
Reliable affordable quality
This has been my go-to Spanish wine for a decade. It's consistantly great and it's complex enough to challenge your tastebuds. Lovely full on dark berries, vanilla, oak and some peppery spices. Medium to full body with some tannins to balance the fruit. Relatively long finish. It really is a good wine!
I have purchased this wine on many occasions and originally tried this in San Sebastian many years ago. When I first tried this wine I thought it was the best wine ever, however the quality of some of the more recent years does not seem to match my memories of the the past.
Delicious, needs a few more years
It felt a bit early to drink this but I thought I would buy a few bottles and try one now. It lived up to my expectation, intense dark fruit flavours. Will let it lie now for a few years....
A nice Ribera Del Duero
It is a very nice Ribera Del Duero, which can be easily enjoyed any time. Great flavor full of berries and roses. It is a good wine to untroduce somebody to Ribera Del Dueros
Traditional methods are used in its production. Destemmed grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then the wine ages for 14 months in American oak barrels. It is also left to stand for a certain period in the bottle before being released for sale.
|Ageing period||14 months|
|Type of wood||American oak|
|Clarification and filtration||Unfiltered|
The grapes come from the firm's own vineyards located at an altitude of 800 metres in the town of Roa. They cultivate over 200 hectares of vines, all over 25 years old, planted in sandy loam soils. The vineyards enjoy a dry and windy Atlantic continental climate with long, cold winters and short, but dry and extremely hot, summers.
|Vine age||25 years|
|Climate||Continental with Atlantic influence|
|Surface area||200.00 hectares|
Alejandro Fernández has been intrinsically linked to vine-growing in the Ribera del Duero region for nearly 40 years, following in his father's footsteps and the family tradition. When his first 'Tinto' was released in 1975, he had fulfilled his ambition, perhaps unwittingly then, to produce a great wine. This is the original, his flagship winery, which helped to secure the successful fortunes of a nascent wine-producing DO, where the Tempranillo grape variety has always...