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2003 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (6/17/2006)

Tasted June 17, 2006 at a retail tasting. Opened and served immediately in a Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon glass. Pretty garnet color in the glass, clear throughout. Nose of shoe leather, mushrooms and potpourri. Flavors of red berries and bitters, somewhat “flat” on the palate. Drying tannins. Short finish. Drink over the short term. Perhaps decanting might help. Based on the local retail price of $25.49 I’d say the value here is barely acceptable if that. (87 pts.)
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We had this at a local wine bar on Saturday night. It was decanted for about 30-45 minutes and then drank over the next hour.

I agree on the nose, which was not that over the top, discreet smells of leather and some mushroom/earthiness, which blew off somewhat to show some darker fruits, and the flavor profile to me was very terroir. it just tasted earthy/dirtish. There are very strong tannins and this wine definitely dried out your mouth on the finish.

This was my first tempranillo and Ribero Del Duero, and overall, I enjoyed it very much, and for $25-30 dollars/bottle, I would buy it again.


I can get this wine at around $26 CAN. But judging with your TN, I won't like it.
I'm having a lot of problems with Thomas Matthews. Once I've bought 15 bottles of a spanish wine and I had to return them all. They just didn't live up to the 90 he gave.
I've made a mental note to not pay attention to Matthews. I think he rated the Muga Reserva 2001 85 when it is OBVIOUSLY a 90.
I've had a few bottles of this wine and I have enjoyed it a lot. I gave it 90-91 pts. IMHO, one of the great QPR in SAQ, year after year.

Luc, for the Muga, I guess it depends of each people's taste. I rate the Muga 87-88. I you like the style of Muga, try to find the few bottles of Sierra Cantabria left at SAQ and you won't be disappointed.
  • 2003 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Ribera del Duero Crianza Pesquera - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (11/2/2006)
    I wasn't expecting much, I haven't loved 2003 for RdD, at least compared to 2001. This was about $22. Dark wine. Very expressive nose- sweet tobacco, a little black licorice, dark ripe fruits, and some creosote. This has great mouthfeel- it's dark with a little perceived sweetness and has a great full midpalate. It finishes very well, the tannins are present, but fine and relatively mild. I suspect the acidity is low, which gives this wine it's fat character. Well done, I'll be buying more for short term consumption. (91 pts.)

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