Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2005

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pesquera-2005Infanticide – that’s what opening this bottle turned out to be. Still massively tannic and dense and awaiting full expression this Ribera del Duero Tempranillo was impressive but tight lipped. One of Alejandro Fernandez’ consistently good Spanish wine projects, Tinto Pesquera has steadily grown into a solid producer of thick and textural wines that have been garnering 90+ reviews from the big mags for several years now. And, while prices have increased somewhat, they have remained entirely reasonable, which is a nice change from the price gouging that goes on with many of the highly rated wines.

The nose on this wine had nuts, chocolate, baked black fruits, plum and molasses. There was also a significant boozy aroma which suggested a hotter vintage. The palate had firm acidity, and earth, cherry, chocolate and a cheesy mold like taste. This was still very tannic, which is surprising for a crianza with three years of bottle age. Right now this is a bit rustic and unbalanced – but, the wine became more integrated on day two even if it still finished somewhat harsh. This is very minerally and dense beyond recognition and needs either time or food. I want to like this more, but I found too many things out of whack right now. I definitely prefer the Condado de Haza over this in the 2005 vintage.

Very Good (but could change substantially with age)
$35 at BCLDB

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