Castilla y León
Dehesa 14 contains toasted wood aromas that combine with noble fruity hints of ripe black cherries, spiced plums and a mineral background on the nose. On the palate it is tasty, very fruity and has a well balanced tannic structure, and the finish is full-bodied wood and fruit.
Semi-mature sheep cheese, poultry stews and gelatinous fish such as cod al pil-pil.
The 2002 vintage was characterized by a mild and wet climate, notable for having some of the heaviest rainfall of the last few decades. The favorable weather conditions after the first frosts promoted subsequent sprouting as well as advancing plant development and the ripening of the grapes. The weather conditions during the grape harvest were conducive to the hand harvesting of high-quality grapes from both a plant protection and an analytical point of view. Overall, 2002 vintage provided excellent quality and high yields.
Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 18 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2002 Dehesa 14 is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to sixteen years in bottle. We suggest that you decant forty-five minutes before tasting to avoid the sediment typical of a long ageing process.
100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.0% Average age of vine: 25 years
“Liberty” is the concept that inspires the winemaking, flora and fauna which prosper on this estate, purchased by Alejandro Fernandez in 1998. The 800-hectare Dehesa La Granja comprises olive trees, garbanzo bushes, cereal crops, rolling hills planted with 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle. Inspired by the great terroir of Zamora, plus the 3,000m2 of underground tunnels found excavated underneath the farm, Alejandro knew he had discovered the winning combination of an ideal above-ground climate and soil for grape growing, along with a perfect underground climate and temperature for wine aging. Dehesa La Granja was thus founded and remains a fully functioning farm and winery, embodying the truly “free-range” Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.