2014 Alejandro Fernandez Pesquera
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $29.94 (Online Avg. $32)
Alejandro Fernandez continues to show us just how versatile and regal great Tempranillo can be. With the Wine Advocate hailing 2014 as "a great vintage in Ribera del Duero", it is definitely the year to load up on Fernandez’s ‘Pesquera.’ The original flagship Crianza of this Bodega, the ‘Pesquera’ is 100% Tempranillo from meticulously farmed vineyards. The result is an energetic, deep Spanish red at a ridiculously affordable price, and a great choice for a full-flavored meal any night of the week!
Fernandez has been synonymous with great Ribera del Duero since the 1970s. Putting his focus on better vineyard management at a time when the region was known for bulk wine, the moniker ‘master of Tempranillo’ was well earned. The ‘Pesquera’ is aged a full six months longer than your typical Crianza, and the final product is a harmonious red, with tremendous balance and soft tannins, that is much less overtly ripe and overdone than some of its peers in the region. From a vintage with “almost perfect conditions” according to the Wine Advocate, this ‘Pesquera’ is ready to be enjoyed today but should perform admirably over the next 5-10 years.
With a 40+ year track record, Fernandez’s ‘Pesquera’ is a beautifully traditional Tempranillo from an acknowledged master of the grape, and a perfect go-to red to enjoy all year round! Cheers!