2003 Alejandro Fernandez Spanish Red "Condado de Haza Alenza Gran Reserva"
Winery: Alejandro Fernandez
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Condado de Haza Alenza Gran Reserva"
Wine Category: Spanish Red
Grape blend: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Ribera del Duero
State or country: Spain
Cases produced: 830
KWG Score: 93 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)
Review date: January 17, 2013
Wine Review: This opaque and pitch black colored Spanish red opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with a hint of red raspberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, very nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty black cherry with nicely integrated cedar and minerality. I also detected hints plum as well. The finish is dry and its refined tannins and flavors drift away nicely. This is a terrific Old World styled wine that would pair perfectly with a spicy shrimp paella. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Alenza (from "ALEjandro" and "esperaNZA" Alejandro's devoted wife) is produced only in the riper vintages, from the last grapes harvested. A whole bunch fermentation of the very ripe Tempranillo bunches is followed by malolactic fermentation and 30 months’ aging in new American and French oak barriques. In technique and style, a wine recalling the noble efforts of decades and centuries past, conceived by a master for many fruitful years in the cellar.
Organic status: not organic
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