Dehesa la Granja - Dehesa 14 label
Dehesa la Granja - Dehesa 14 bottle

Dehesa la Granja - Dehesa 14 2005

Red Wine

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Item# 97245-05/6PK


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.


Vineyards located in the southwest of the province of Zamora, on the Dehesa la Granja estate, with a total of 800 hectares of farming land devoted to livestock and various crops, of which 101 hectares are vineyards.
AGE: Average of 25 years.
SOIL: Formed of sediments of sandstone, clays and a mixture of limestones, which on the surface produce chalky soils. Silty and large and fine-grain sandy materials alternate. Vineyard altitude – 700-750m
CLIMATE: Extreme continental climate With annual rainfall of between 300-400mm. Extremely cold winters. It receives a high number of hours of sunlight that give the grape its exceptional quality, which is essential for the production of these great wines.


Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 18 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2002 Dehesa 14 is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to sixteen years in bottle. We suggest that you decant forty-five minutes before tasting to avoid the sediment typical of a long ageing process.


The vintage was characterized by a mild and wet climate, notable for having some of the heaviest rainfall of the last few decades. The favorable weather conditions after the first frosts promoted subsequent sprouting as well as advancing plant development and the ripening of the grapes. The weather conditions during the grape harvest were conducive to the hand harvesting of high-quality grapes from both a plant protection and an analytical point of view. Overall, the vintage provided excellent quality and high yields.