Alejandro Fernández is best known for making the amazing wine that is Pesquera from Ribera del Duero. From the same region, he makes Condado de Haza; another amazing Tempranillo. In Zamora he makes Dehesa la Granja which is also amazing Tempranillo. Zamora is on the Guareña River just outside the boundary of the Toro region.
Dehesa la Granja is made from 100% ungrafted, ‘old-clone’ Tempranillo and has been aged for 24 months in barrel, then another decade or so maturing in bottle. What is great about this is that it is ready to drink from now. Definitely in the old school camp, it is not for those that can’t stand funk in a wine. Black cherry, cola, pepper, earth and animal. The palate is succulent and fleshy with some grip still evident.
Castilla Y Leon
Part of the Vino de la Tierra quality level, it is the equivalent of the French Vin de Pays. A mixed bag of wines but when you find a good producer you’ll undoubtedly pay a quarter of the wines true value.
Top quality red grape grown all over the Iberian Peninsula (with many pseudonyms). It can be used for Rosado or Joven (released after 6 months) all the way up to Gran Reserva (60 months in the winery). It ages very well and top examples are said to compare to Burgundy. Cherry and cola are typical descriptors, it has moderate to low acid, moderate tannin and the naturally high pH allows for a silky mouthfeel that is not seen in other red wines.