Tinto Pesquera - 'Crianza' Ribera del Duero 2015

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" W I N E M A K E R’ S  N O T E S · The Fernández family has been passionate about winemaking for over four decades, during which they have created four iconic wineries that comprise patriarch Alejandro Fernández’s wine legacy: Tinto Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa La Granja and El Vínculo. Tinto Pesquera, Grupo Pesquera’s flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after Tempranillos in the world. Deep crimson in colour with a violet rim, Tinto Pesquera’s 2015 Crianza is round and complex, with enticing aromas of red and black fruit. Notes of sweet spice, including vanilla and licorice, are also found in the nose and evolve slowly over time. Round tannins are found on the palate, which are intertwined with wood smoke and ripe forest fruit, giving way to a slightly spicy finish. Tinto Pesquera’s Crianza easily demonstrates why the Tempranillos produced by Alejandro Fernández have been appreciated by the most demanding palates for over 40 years. 100% estate-owned Tempranillo.

V I N T A G E · 2015 was considered to be a warmer-than-normal vintage in the centre of Spain. A rather mild start to winter gave way to noticeably lower temperatures by the end of the season and, interestingly, spring saw above average temperatures between the months of April and June. The vintage was also characterized by scarce rainfall. Thankfully, the little rain that fell did so during the specific times when the cycle of the vine was most in need of water. A hot and dry summer had a positive effect on véraison and cluster maturation, which, in turn, gave rise to grapes of exceptional quality."

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tinto Pesquera

The Fernández Rivera family has always lived surrounded by vineyards and each member has a deep respect, love and pride for the wine from their native soil, Ribera del Duero. From the moment a young and determined Alejandro Fernández and Esperanza Rivera bought a small winery, the family has been linked to a lifelong passion passed through the generations. Propelled by the conviction that wines of superb quality could once again be made in their hometown, they went against the movement of the time, when cereal and beetroot dominated the landscape, and planted Tempranillo vineyards in Pesquera de Duero. In 1972, in a modest 16th century stone llagar, or ancient wine press, the family began to produce the first Tinto Pesquera wines.
Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards sit near the Duero River, in the province of Valladolid, at close to 730m in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil. This ideal combination produces the legendary silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines of Tinto Pesquera iconic to the D.O. Ribera del Duero., the designation that Alejandro helped to create in 1982 with another few fellow pioneers.
At Tinto Pesquera, the Fernández Rivera family is focused exclusively on creating aged Tempranillo wines of exceptional quality from their estate-owned vineyards. With extended barrel aging in neutral oak, forever respectful to the fruit, over time Tinto Pesquera’s wines become more complex and nuanced without losing their original character. Years of experience working solely with Tempranillo and a firm commitment to time, waiting to release wines only when they are deemed ready to be enjoyed, have made Tinto Pesquera synonymous with fine wine from Ribera del Duero.

 


--------THE GRAPE--------

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is one of the most important grape varietals in all of Spain where you might also know it as Tinto Fino - like it is in Portugal. Most notably it is the leading grape of Rioja's red blend where it was traditionally quite an oaky and spicy red wine. In Ribera del Duero, it arguably, comes into its own as it doesn't see as much oak so that you can truly get to see its lively red fruit flavours.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is often seen as second fiddle to Rioja but we reckon it is has a very equal pegging in the realm of quality red wines. Like Rioja, Ribera del Duero makes solid red wines made from the Tempranillo grape varietal. As a generalisation the Ribera del Duero wines aren't as oaky and more fruit forward. They are for Burgundy lovers where Rioja is for Bordeaux fans.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir. 

" W I N E M A K E R’ S  N O T E S · The Fernández family has been passionate about winemaking for over four decades, during which they have created four iconic wineries that comprise patriarch Alejandro Fernández’s wine legacy: Tinto Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa La Granja and El Vínculo. Tinto Pesquera, Grupo Pesquera’s flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after Tempranillos in the world. Deep crimson in colour with a violet rim, Tinto Pesquera’s 2015 Crianza is round and complex, with enticing aromas of red and black fruit. Notes of sweet spice, including vanilla and licorice, are also found in the nose and evolve slowly over time. Round tannins are found on the palate, which are intertwined with wood smoke and ripe forest fruit, giving way to a slightly spicy finish. Tinto Pesquera’s Crianza easily demonstrates why the Tempranillos produced by Alejandro Fernández have been appreciated by the most demanding palates for over 40 years. 100% estate-owned Tempranillo.

V I N T A G E · 2015 was considered to be a warmer-than-normal vintage in the centre of Spain. A rather mild start to winter gave way to noticeably lower temperatures by the end of the season and, interestingly, spring saw above average temperatures between the months of April and June. The vintage was also characterized by scarce rainfall. Thankfully, the little rain that fell did so during the specific times when the cycle of the vine was most in need of water. A hot and dry summer had a positive effect on véraison and cluster maturation, which, in turn, gave rise to grapes of exceptional quality."

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tinto Pesquera

The Fernández Rivera family has always lived surrounded by vineyards and each member has a deep respect, love and pride for the wine from their native soil, Ribera del Duero. From the moment a young and determined Alejandro Fernández and Esperanza Rivera bought a small winery, the family has been linked to a lifelong passion passed through the generations. Propelled by the conviction that wines of superb quality could once again be made in their hometown, they went against the movement of the time, when cereal and beetroot dominated the landscape, and planted Tempranillo vineyards in Pesquera de Duero. In 1972, in a modest 16th century stone llagar, or ancient wine press, the family began to produce the first Tinto Pesquera wines.
Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards sit near the Duero River, in the province of Valladolid, at close to 730m in elevation. The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil. This ideal combination produces the legendary silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines of Tinto Pesquera iconic to the D.O. Ribera del Duero., the designation that Alejandro helped to create in 1982 with another few fellow pioneers.
At Tinto Pesquera, the Fernández Rivera family is focused exclusively on creating aged Tempranillo wines of exceptional quality from their estate-owned vineyards. With extended barrel aging in neutral oak, forever respectful to the fruit, over time Tinto Pesquera’s wines become more complex and nuanced without losing their original character. Years of experience working solely with Tempranillo and a firm commitment to time, waiting to release wines only when they are deemed ready to be enjoyed, have made Tinto Pesquera synonymous with fine wine from Ribera del Duero.

 


--------THE GRAPE--------

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is one of the most important grape varietals in all of Spain where you might also know it as Tinto Fino - like it is in Portugal. Most notably it is the leading grape of Rioja's red blend where it was traditionally quite an oaky and spicy red wine. In Ribera del Duero, it arguably, comes into its own as it doesn't see as much oak so that you can truly get to see its lively red fruit flavours.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero is often seen as second fiddle to Rioja but we reckon it is has a very equal pegging in the realm of quality red wines. Like Rioja, Ribera del Duero makes solid red wines made from the Tempranillo grape varietal. As a generalisation the Ribera del Duero wines aren't as oaky and more fruit forward. They are for Burgundy lovers where Rioja is for Bordeaux fans.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not bitter but rather have refreshing acidity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are very fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not have tannins but have lots of fruity flavours nor do they have extremely high acidity.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami rich foods where by it will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are very fruity but also have higher sweetness.

Wines that are just a touch off-dry like many Gewurztraminer or Riesling work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you should consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or a Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help balance out not just the acidity but to cut down the perception of fattiness in the seafood. 

This is why when you are having a piece of red meat that is high in fat, like lamb, then you should pair it with a Pinot Noir instead of a Merlot as a Pinot Noir will have a higher acidity and will help to balance out the dish.

 

 

These rules will help you with starting to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that are what need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that work well with cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity through a Pinot Noir.