Pesquera Crianza 2004

Pesquera Crianza 2004I had a rather odd visit to this place last year, we got stuck in a snow storm, climbed up to the roof of the bodega, watched some dude clean barrels for about 30 minutes, tasted some wine and had a great conversation about native stalks and ducks (quite a common topic for discussion in northern Spain it seems).  A very traditional bodega visit by all accounts.

Anyway, Pesquera seems to be back on form with the 2004 Crianza.  It is a classic Pesquera that sees 18 months in American oak and a further 6 months in bottle before it's released. There has been a lot of noise in the past about brett, too much oak and slightly jammy fruit in the wines from Pesquera, but this one looks the goods.  There is just a hint of brett here, nothing a cool cellar can't keep in check.  I always question why people are drinking Spanish wine if they don't like a bit of brett here and there, its part of the style.

A great nose of earthy iron ore, ripe red cherry, mulberry, a bit of oak, vanilla and very slight barnyard characters.  Luscious, concentrated plum, mulberry and cherry fruit, undergrowth, cola  with pepper, spice and salty minerals.  Great fruit tannins, and lots of them.  Savory and balanced with a mid length finish, a little more acid would be welcome.  Showing it's youth at the moment, about 2 years in the cellar will do wonders.  92+ Pts.

Source: Boccaccio Cellars RRP: $45 Closure: Conventional Cork

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