Pesquera Crianza 2006

Pesquera Crianza 2006I thought I’d put this one to the top of the pile, its a popular wine and its one of my favourites year in and year out. The 2004 Reserva should also be around by now too, I’ll have to see if I can get hold of some. I am still a bit iffy on this concept that tempranillo from Ribera del Duero goes through some kind of oxidative phase that looks like brett after, bottling,  shipping and about 10 years in bottle, but I can’t see anything like brett here…and the two bottles of the 2004 that I’ve had in the past 6 months have been fine too. Anyway, I think at least a 6 pack of this is in order…

This is super young at the moment, but it smells lovely. Primary, wild cherry and sage brush with a bit of vanilla oak and an minerally iron type character on the nose. There is a bit of the animal about it, like a partially tamed horse. Or something like that anyway.  Extra juicy and smooth with streamlined tannins that start to show an edge after 3 or 4 hours. Vibrant and alive. All exceptionally balanced and focused. Licorice and rocky minerals show up on the palate, over some dark cherry and blueberry fruit. A classic vintage for Pesquera. Hold for 3 to 5 years, then drink over the following 10. 92+ Pts.

Source: Boccaccio Cellars RRP: $46 Closure: Conventional Cork

Web: www.pesqueraafernandez.com

Other Vintages: 2004, 2005

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  1. I’m not normally a fan of this but this is a beuty and they had it on special at Karstadt here in Frankfurt for EU18 so a grabbed a bottle. It’s quite woody, another thing I’m not a fan of normally, but it works here. Very smooth, deeply dense fruit, and very integrated. No brett showing that I could tell. Yes, it’s young, but I’d drink it up now as I can’t conceive of it getting any better and worry about losing that primary fruit. Yum. Also on special 2003 La Granja which is pretty good too.

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