2010 Bodegas Hermanoz Perez Pascuas El Pedrosal Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain


Convinced of the excellent potential of the vineyards owned by their father, Mauro Pérez, the Pérez Pascuas brothers founded their namesake bodega in 1980 striving to produce top quality wines. The family has focused on quality from the very beginning. Today, Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas is a well-established cellar where two generations work hand in hand to achieve worldwide recognition. The winery vinifies its own grapes from 335 acres of vineyards located around the town of Pedrosa de Duero, a town with a winemaking tradition that spans over a hundred years. A significant number of vines are over 25 years old. The terrain is fairly level and sparse with chalky-clay soils that Tempranillo (called Tinto Fino here) loves. The main variety in the vineyards is Tinto Fino with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (for the Gran Selecion wine). The winery makes a range of wines that run the gamut from early drinking to age-worthy. There are 5 versions of Vina Pedrosa- 12 months oak, Crianza, Finca La Navilla, Reserva and the Gran Reserva. And then there is the flagship wine Pérez Pascuas – Gran Reserva which comes from vines that are over 60 years old. All these wines are exemplary, with outstanding, elegantly expressive personality and a structure built to age at phenomenal prices. The wine featured here is their entry-level offering that is just as striking as the Vina Pedrosa wines at a friendlier price point of under $20.

The 2010 El Pedrosal Crianza is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and sees 12 months in a combination of small French and American oak barrels adding a smoky spice to the dark red and black fruits on the wildly perfumed nose. The wine envelopes the palate with dark cherry and blackberry along with some vanilla and a touch of coconut. The tannins are robust but ripe adding great structure to this full-bodied wine. This is absolutely delicious now or can cellar for another 3 years. My advice is to drink this sooner with the traditional dish of the region: Roast baby lamb with plenty of rosemary.

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