Tinto Pesquera Reserva
DO Ribera del Duero, DO Ribera Del Duero
Color: Clean and brilliant with an attractive, deep ruby hue. Nose: Complex and very elegant with black fruit aroma, such as plums, together with notes of smoke, spices, roasted coffee beans, toffee, licorice and brioche. Palate: Full, creamy and lingering on the palate. Very rounded, coated tannins with hints of well-integrated fruit coming through.
Great with casseroles, red meats and matured cheeses.
2018 began with a typically cold Ribera del Duero winter, during which temperatures dropped to as low as 12°C below zero. This cold weather continued right through to the beginning of spring, and yet, despite the conditions, bud-break in the vines occurred within the usual dates at the end of April. After a very dry 2017, a period of wet weather occurred at the end of winter, and then it rained continually throughout the spring, so much so that 2018 went down in the region officially as a very wet year. Vine vegetation growth was favoured by the mild temperatures and the water reserves in the soil, which led to considerably larger-sized berries. As a consequence of this increase in berry size, and despite higher than usual temperatures during September and October, the ripening process slowed. The harvesting stretched out until the end of October and produced an outstanding crop both in terms of quantity and quality. The absence of rainfall in the latter part of the growing season also ensured that healthy grapes were harvested. The 2018 was in fact the second largest crop on record, only surpassed by that of 2016.
Close to 50% of fruit is dropped each year before harvest 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. Finished wine is aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times during the second year of aging. With the Fernández Rivera family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Tinto Pesquera Reserva is then aged in bottle before it is released to the market
100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5%.
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. The Tinto Pesquera Reserva is made from estate-grown, 40-year-old vines that produce a limited production of only two kilos per vine.