James Suckling 92
Smoky elements with a wealth of dark rich plum fruits. The freshness is impressive for the nearly ten years of age here. This wine has a lot to offer. The palate has dense tannins but it is very focused. Impressive.
by JS, James Suckling , 2017
Wine Spirits 92
Alejandro Fernández makes Millenium from vines he planted in the late 1960s and early ’70s at Viña Alta, at 2,600 feet in elevation. A blend of fruit from two parcels, one on slopes, the other more sheltered, it’s a staunchly traditional Ribera del Duero. The fresh notes in the fruit are more black currant than blackberry, and there’s a coolness in the acidity that keeps the wine lively despite the oxidative notes of barrel aging. Josh Lit of Gotham Bar & Grill in NYC described it as “an old-school rustic style.” The lasting richness of the juicy, bold fruit makes it all the more impressive in that style.
by WS, Wine Spirits , 2019
The 1970’s brought the realization of a lifetime dream for a young and determined Alejandro Fernández.
Propelled by his conviction that wines of superb quality could once again be made in the place of his birth,
he went against the movement of the time, when cereal and beetroot dominated the Riberan hillsides, and planted
Tempranillo vineyards in his hometown of Pesquera. In 1982, this iconic winemaking pioneer, who came to be
recognized as the “Master of Tempranillo,” was the keystone in forming the now famous D.O. Ribera del Duero, a
designation that Alejandro helped to create with only a few other winemaking pioneers.
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, the Grupo Pesquera’s flagship property, is known for producing some of the most sought-after
Tempranillos in the world. Dark cherry red in color with a maroon rim, Tinto Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is only made in select vintages. Containing a
very complex nose, with notes of mixed berries and licorice wrapped in sleek oak, vanilla and roasted coffee, the palate is fine and elegant, with impressive smoothness.
A dense, but noticeably fresh-tasting wine, the 2008 Millenium Reserva contains the perfect balance between alcohol, acidity and fruit.
100% estate-owned Tempranillo.
Alcoholic fermentation of the Millenium Reserva took place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C.
The resulting wine was then aged for 30 months in fine grain, 225 and 300 liter French oak barrels with a light to medium toast.
Barrels were racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times per year during the second and third year of barrel aging.
With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández were neither filtered nor fined before the
bottling, which took place on January 17, 2011. Upon completion of the barrel aging and bottling, the 2008 Millenium Reserva
was then aged for an additional three years in bottle before it was released to the market.
Wine analysis: 4.9 g/l (0.49%) total acidity; 14.0% alcohol by volume
2008 was the vintage of extended grape maturation. Winter was much warmer than usual and
incredibly arid. Spring began in the same fashion, before the welcomed rain fell during April and May, quenching the drought-ridden vineyards with much-needed water.
Summer began with light rain in early August and was cooler than usual, allowing for a slower phenolic maturation of the grape clusters.
Harvest, which was delayed until October, was performed in ideal conditions thanks to a cool, dry September,
prompting the Tinto Pesquera team to produce its fourth vintage of the esteemed Millenium Reserva.
Tinto Pesquera’s 200 hectares of vineyards lie near the Duero River at close to 2,400 feet in elevation.
The vines grow in poor, well-drained soils, composed of sand and gravel over a limestone and clay subsoil, and
are naturally irrigated with water from the nearby Duero River. Tinto Pesquera’s vines are located within the province of
Valladolid, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, which has hot summers, incredibly cold winters and extreme diurnal
temperature differences that create an ideal combination for producing silky and sumptuous Tempranillo wines. Tinto
Pesquera’s Millenium Reserva is made from the estate’s highest-elevation and best single vineyard named Viña Alta.