Tinto Pesquera Reserva 2018
PRODUCER: The four bodegas that comprise Alejandro Fernández’s wine legacy, and constitute Grupo Pesquera, share a passion for winemaking that has perfected over time. The strong bond to this great winemaker’s homeland is also reflected in the group emblem: the symbolic Archway and Tower of Pesquera de Duero, the characteristic label on his mythical Tinto Pesquera wines.
WINEMAKING: Pesquera wines are always made from the whole fruit, after destemming. Temperature controlled fermentation lasts two to three weeks. Afterwards, and without clarifying, the grape pulp is directly transferred to an astute and subtle combination of French and American oak barrels that have been subject to various degrees of toasting. Where, in between frequent pump-overs, the wines are left to stand. Tinto Pesquera wines are aged in oak for 18 months while Reservas and Grandes Reservas are aged for no less than 24 months.
TASTING NOTE: The nose feels deep, very deep indeed, somewhat of a black hole of a wine, both charming from what feels like an endless depth, but also intriguing. Some oak, vanilla and caramel, a touch of smokiness. The palate is full and rounded, filled with dense velvety tannins and an oily body, both coating your mouth in a sensation of great smoothness. Smooth and full at the same time.