Alejandro Fernandez is primarily known for his famous Ribera del Duero properties, Pesquera and Condado de Haza, which produce some of the leading wines not only of the region and Spain itself, but arguably the world. Dehesa la Granja is his third venture, where 100% Tempranillo is planted on 800 hectares to the west of Ribera, in lesser-known Castilla y Léon. 2004 is an excellent vintage and this wine presents an opportunity to discover what an incredibly experienced and respected winemaker can achieve in an up-and-coming region. A dense opaque purple colour promises the depth of flavour to come. Black cherry and bramble fruit aromas are accompanied by a typically Spanish earthy richness. The palate is ripe yet fine with balanced acidity and supportive yet supple tannins. Black cherries and blackcurrants marry well with dark raspberry and there’s a rich smoky mocha note lending complexity. A hint of sweet spice appears on the long, balanced finish.
This is a rich, rewarding style of wine with good depth of fruit which would benefit from decanting one hour in advance. Serve at 15°C ideally (refrigerate for 20-30 minutes). Best drunk with food such as flavoursome (red) meat and game, pimenton-spiced recipes and mature hard cheeses.
Katie Cooper, Wine Club Manager
According to the sprightly octogenarian owner Alejandro Fernandez, Dehesa la Granja is ‘where time takes on a flavour and memory becomes an aroma...”…. Goodness! Located in the province of Zamora, in the Guareña Valley to the west of Ribera del Duero, the winery was formerly a farm where bulls were raised and trained for the ring. Restored with great panache by the Fernandez Rivera family, the estate now covers 800 hectares, all devoted to the production of fine Tempranillo, the quality of which belies its humble Vino de la Tierra Denominacion. The 2004, a very good vintage in its own right, was aged in American oak for 24 months. Plum, cherry, raspberry and licorice are all evidenced, with a sumptuous creamy backdrop and fine balancing acidity. Definitely from the more hedonistic end of the spectrum, this will work well with suckling pig and Castilian lamb.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez