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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

2004 Tinto Pesquera

I've always enjoyed the wines from Pesquera and this Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero is made in typical fashion with loads of Spanish character. The color is surprisingly very dark and extracted and almost looks like it could be Syrah. The aromas show a good amount of leather and brett but are accompanied by hints of dark plum fruit and blackberry. This wine is chalk full of terroir and speaks to the Spanish wine aficionado. The flavors are rustic and leathery but also show a good amount of dark plum, blackberry, and hints of cedar box and black currant. This wine screams for Spanish sausage, manchego cheese, and a full array of tapas. Great intensity and Spanish tipicity are the strong points of this wine. Complexity is a slight issue but this could improve with cellar time. I beg the winemakers in Spain to keep this style of wine around so we can all enjoy the essence of true Spanish terroir. 90 points

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