We are pleased to share the attached article “Understanding Traditional and Modern Tempranillo” published online today on SevenFifty Daily. Written by now Vinous and Delectable staff writer Bryce Wiatrak, the extensive feature takes a deep dive into the changing face of the Spanish industry as it relates to DOs, winemaking style and the evolving contrasts of the regions underpinned by Tempranillo.
Ribera Tinto Pesquera (Alejandro Fernández) Ribera del Duero Reserva 2012
Alejandro Fernández has always relied on 100% Tempranillo in crafting his iconic wines. Many trace Ribera del Duero’s Tempranillo boom to Fernández’s plantings in the 1970s, when he saw potential beyond the other agricultural crops covering the landscape. Tinto Pesquera consistently offers one of the most savory expressions of Ribera del Duero, and the 2012 Reserva is no exception. Aged for 24 months in neutral American oak barrels, it yields a brooding concentration with such flavors as sunbaked leather, tar, and blackberry.