Perez Pascuas El Pedrosal Ribera del Duero 2010
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Fruity and pretty, yes, but this entry level wine demands much more attention for its mix of richness and elegance than it's relatively modest price would suggest. Serious juice from serious people.
Wine & Spirits - "This is a stylish and sophisticated wine in a nostalgic style, slightly orange and oxidative in flavor, not to mention lighter in body than Riberas currently in fashion. And yet it feels fresh, with a vivaciousness that lasts beyond all the dried fruit, coffee and cherry flavor, an accomplishment entirely in tune with the style of the wines of Pérez Pascuas."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 El Pedrosal is pure Tinta Fino from the youngest vines (7- to 15-years old) and is aged for 12 months, six months in American and six months in French barrels. It has an attractive bouquet with bright red fruit: maraschino and fresh strawberry infused by a touch of orange sorbet. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is a touch of dark chocolate interwoven through the fleshy red berry fruit, leading to a harmonious finish where the American oak leaves a touch of mocha on the finish. This is a well-crafted, enjoyable Ribera del Duero wine."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of dark berries and vanilla, with a smoky overtone. Juicy and open-knit, offering sweet black raspberry and mocha flavors and a hint of licorice. Finishes smooth and long, with harmonious tannins and lingering vanilla and floral qualities. This suave wine is delicious right now."
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The estate was founded in 1980 by the Perez Pascuas family. The three brothers – Manuel, Benjamin and Adolfo work hard in both the vineyards and bodega to realize the fill potential of the remarkable fruit that comes from the meticulously kept vineyards. View all Bodegas Hnos. Perez Pascuas Wines
About Ribera del Duero(rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold