Tinto Pesquera Millenium Gran Reserva

DO Ribera del Duero, DO Ribera Del Duero

Millenium is elegance – the ultimate expression of a gran reserva wine. Its origins date in 1996, when the first vintage was made, and its grapes come from the Viña Alta plot. The 1996 vintage, released in 2000, celebrated the new Millenium and the changes to come. It was the first wine of the estate to be aged in French Oak barrels. This is a well-balanced and complex wine with amazing ageing potential.

Perfect with stews, red meats and hard cheeses.

Very harsh, long and cold winters, and short, dry and hot summers. The 2018 was rated “Very Good” by the Regulatory Board of the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin and the Extraordinary Committee on Harvest Assessment.

Aged for 26 months in French oak barrels.

Viña Alta (Cascajo), within the municipal boundaries of Pesquera de Duero, facing south at an altitude of more than 800 metres. Soil composed of a mixture of pebbles, gravel and sand. The effect of the sand, gravel and pebbles on the surface enables the grapes to ripen with the optimal quality parameters.

Variety: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 15%
Years Produced: 1996, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2018

Tinto Pesquera, the Familia Fernández Rivera flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after Tempranillos in the world, including Millenium Reserva, which is only made in select vintages.  The grapes for Millenium are sourced from the Viña Alta vineyard, where Familia Fernández Rivera planted their first vines at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. It is located at an altitude of over 800 metres.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE: Clean and bright with a very deep, black cherry color. NOSE: Full with fruit aromatics and subtle, well integrated oak. Lovely harmonious notes of ripe, black fruit, licorice and hints of coffee and spices. PALATE: Full, fleshy and long with a lingering, round tannic structure. A luscious, elegant development on the palate with ripe fruit and roasted coffee beans coming through in the finish. This is a silky, elegant wine that aged well in French oak barrels.

Great with all types of red or white meats. Also with game dishes and above all perfect with roast suckling lamb. It also goes very well with stews and pulses, as well as desserts, such as bitter chocolate or cheesecake.

CLIMATE AND HARVEST: The year started with cold temperatures which intensified over the first half of February, a characteristic winter weather pattern in Ribera. However, spring brought warm weather, particularly during the months of April and May. Rainfall during this period reached the usual levels, but decreased towards the end of spring, finishing at a quite low level compared with the seasonal average. These conditions brought about an early bud-break followed by moderate vine vegetation growth. Summer was very hot, especially in July, which maintained the vines’ advance on a normal cycle which it had had since the budding process. Scattered showers during the month of June during the vine’s flowering caused widespread fruit set problems. This led to bunches with far fewer berries that were at the same time small because of the very low rainfall. These grape characteristics, together with the diurnal temperature variation so typical of the region at the end of summer, ensured perfect ripening of the fruit. The harvest began in mid-September, which is a relatively early date for the area, with healthy grapes thanks to the absence of rain. The crop was average in quantity but high in quality and was officially ranked as an excellent vintage.

Alcoholic fermentation of the Millenium Reserva took place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The resulting wine was then aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225-French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels were racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times per year during the second and third year of barrel aging. With the Fernández Rivera family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines they produce are neither filtered nor fined before the bottling. Upon completion of the barrel aging and bottling, the 2015 Millenium Reserva was then aged for an additional 10 months in bottle before it was released to the market.

Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards lie near the Duero River at close to 2,400 feet in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil, and are naturally irrigated with water from the nearby Duero River. Tinto Pesquera’s vines are located within the province of Valladolid, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, which has hot summers, incredibly cold winters and extreme diurnal temperature differences that create an ideal combination for producing silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines. Tinto Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is made from the estate’s highest-elevation and best single vineyard named Viña Alta.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5%.

Tinto Pesquera, the Grupo Pesquera’s flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after Tempranillos in the world, including Millenium Reserva, which is only made in select vintages.

Tasting Notes

Dark cherry red in color with a maroon rim, Tinto Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is only made in select vintages. Containing a very complex nose, with notes of mixed berries and licorice wrapped in sleek oak, vanilla and roasted coffee, the palate is fine and elegant, with impressive smoothness. A dense, but noticeably fresh-tasting wine, the 2009 Millenium Reserva contains the perfect balance between alcohol, acidity and fruit.

Ideal for accompanying all kinds of red or white meat and roasts. The perfect accompaniment to game dishes and any type of casserole.

Alcoholic fermentation of the Millenium Reserva took place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The resulting wine was then aged for 30 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels were racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times per year during the second and third year of barrel aging. With the Fernández Rivera family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines they produce are neither filtered nor fined before the bottling. Upon completion of the barrel aging and bottling, the 2009 Millenium Reserva was then aged for an additional 10 months in bottle before it was released to the market.

Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards lie near the Duero River at close to 2,400 feet in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil, and are naturally irrigated with water from the nearby Duero River. Tinto Pesquera’s vines are located within the province of Valladolid, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, which has hot summers, incredibly cold winters and extreme diurnal temperature differences that create an ideal combination for producing silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines. Tinto Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is made from the estate’s highest-elevation and best single vineyard named Viña Alta.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 4.9 g/L Alcohol 14.0%.

Tinto Pesquera, the Grupo Pesquera’s flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after Tempranillos in the world, including Millenium Reserva, which is only made in select vintages.

Tasting Notes

Dark cherry red in color with notes of mixed berries and licorice wrapped in sleek oak, vanilla and roasted coffee, the palate is fine and elegant, with impressive smoothness. A dense, but noticeably fresh-tasting wine, the 2008 Millenium Reserva contains the perfect balance between alcohol, acidity and fruit.

2008 was the vintage of extended grape maturation. Winter was much warmer than usual and incredibly arid - the tail end of an acrimonious dry spell that had begun the previous autumn. Spring began in the same fashion, before the welcomed rain fell during April and May, quenching the drought-ridden vineyards with much-needed water. Summer began with light rain in early August and was cooler than usual, allowing for a slower phenolic maturation of the grape clusters. Harvest, which was delayed until October, was performed in ideal conditions thanks to a cool, dry September, prompting the Tinto Pesquera team to produce its fourth vintage of the esteemed Millenium Reserva.

Alcoholic fermentation of the Millenium Reserva took place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The resulting wine was then aged for 30 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels were racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times per year during the second and third year of barrel aging. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández were neither filtered nor fined before the bottling, which took place on January 17, 2011. Upon completion of the barrel aging and bottling, the 2008 Millenium Reserva was then aged for an additional three years in bottle before it was released to the market.

Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards lie near the Duero River at close to 2,400 feet in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil, and are naturally irrigated with water from the nearby Duero River. Tinto Pesquera’s vines are located within the province of Valladolid, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, which has hot summers, incredibly cold winters and extreme diurnal temperature differences that create an ideal combination for producing silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines. Tinto Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is made from the estate’s highest-elevation and best single vineyard named Viña Alta.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 4.9 g/L. Alcohol 14.0%.

  • 20230918

    94

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    James Suckling, September 2023

    "Complex nose with plenty of sweet spices, pine cones, vanilla and black walnuts to the blackberries and black mushrooms. A hint of bergamot. Tight and creamy on the palate. Don’t be put off by the wood tannins if you open it and drink it while it is young. The fine-grained tannins mesh nicely with the full-bodied palate."

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  • 2023-05-01

    97

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    Wine Enthusiast, May 2023

    "This inky garnet-colored wine has a nose of black currant and cocoa powder, with a hint of summer farm stand. Plush tannins and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, mocha, menthol and a tiny touch of saddle leather ply the tongue and gums and linger there for a small eternity"

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  • 2022-06-01

    89

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    Wine & Spirits, June 2022

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  • 20210101

    93

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    Wine Spectator, January 2021

    "This suave red has a juicy, full-bodied profile, with raspberry tart, loamy earth, mountain herb and anise notes mixed with orange peel, tea and sandalwood details. The full tannins are polished and give this structure for the long haul. Drink now through 2036."

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  • 2021-10-14

    94

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    James Suckling, October 2021

    "A fragrant nose of dark cherries, dried flowers, figs, violets, rosemary, lavender and spice box. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Layered, rich and textured. Vibrant finish. Drink or hold."

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  • 2019-07-24

    94

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    James Suckling, July 2019

    "A rich and layered red with lots of ripe fruit, yet reserved, thanks to the smoky and toasted oak. A little old-school now, but I really enjoy the richness and flashy character. Earthy and spicy at the end. Drink now."

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  • 2018-06-20

    94

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    Wine Spectator, June 2018

    "This red shows density and focus, with ripe flavors of plum and currant mingling with savory notes of smoke, leather and mineral. The firm tannins are well-integrated and balanced by blood orange acidity. Fresh, energetic and graceful. Drink now through 2034."

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  • 2019-08-01

    87

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    Wine Enthusiast, August 2019

    "This aged Reserva from one of Ribera's seminal names is reflective of the vintage, which was cold, rainy and difficult. This smells of mulchy blackberry, coffee and wood smoke. The palate feels clipped and impermeable, while barely ripe flavors of blackened berry fruits are aided by chocolaty oak and tea notes. While this is full in body and dark in flavors, a lot is missing for something of this price."

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  • 2019-05-06

    92

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    Wine & Spirits, May 2019

    "Year's Best Ribera Del Duero"

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  • 2017-07-01

    92

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    James Suckling, July 2017

    ""Smoky elements with a wealth of dark rich plum fruits. The freshness is impressive for the nearly ten years of age here. This wine has a lot to offer. The palate has dense tannins but is very focused. Impressive.""

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