2018 Alejandro Fernandez Condado De Haza Reserva
Named after the nearby town of Haza, the Condado de Haza domain has nearly 200 hectares of vineyard, planted with tempranillo vines, at an altitude of 800-900 meters above sea level. Condado de Haza is owned by Alfonso Fernandez, one of the most famous winegrowers in Spain who has actually been one of the founders of the modern Ribera del Duero wine and has put this region on the map internationally with the Pesquera wines.
The Condado de Haza - Reserva is another great wine by Alejandro Fernández. After being picked by hand and processed into base wine, the best grapes are aged for 22 months in French oak barrels. This gives the wine an unprecedented depth and structure. Lame wood, dark fruit and spices play with the nose. Full in the mouth with delicious ripe fruit, cocoa and mineral notes. A wine that only gets better after a few extra years in the bottle. And when you open it, you naturally want something nice with it, so try it with duck breast, small game or grilled red meat. Decant of course.
In terms of success, only Vega Sicilia from Ribera del Duero can compete with the Pesquera wines of Alejandro Fernández. Fernández makes wines of a rich and exceptional character at relatively realistic prices, and he is therefore the archetype of a 'success story' in modern times. Born in 1932, he left school at age 14 and was brought up in the fields. His 'curriculum vitae' therefore includes professions such as carpenter, farrier and inventor of numerous agricultural machines that were supposed to facilitate the processing of the beet fields, among other things. However, he dreamed with his wife Esperanza and their 4 daughters to grow wine with international allures.
In 1972, through his agricultural machinery business, he obtained a loan that enabled him to launch into wine growing. One of his first assistants (and mentor), the oenologist Teofilo Reyes, will have a defining influence on the style of the wine by putting more emphasis on the ripeness of the grapes than ripening in barrel. At a time when Spanish viticulture is declining and vines are being torn out to be replaced by beets, Fernández plants vines and markets his first wine in 1975. Unlike most Spanish wines that age and sell in cask cellars when they reach their maturity, the Pesquera wine matures in the bottle following the example of the great Bordeaux. Very sober ruby-purple color, a lot of fruit, typical wood, remarkable maturity and intensity, with a beautiful structure and a lot of tanines, because of these characteristics the Pesquera wines are considered as a current measure of the potential of the Spanish wines.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Region||Castilla y Leon|
|Appellation||Ribera del Duero|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||94|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|