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Bodegas y Viñedos Fernández Rivera

Dehesa La Granja 2006

Price: $24.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas y Viñedos Fernández Rivera
Vintage Year: 2006
Highest Rating: 90pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León

TASTING NOTES

One hundred percent Tempranillo from the Pesquera clones planted in 1998. Purity of fruit accompanies concentrated texture and weight, with excellent balance and expression enhanced by two years in bottle prior to release.

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PRESS

Dehesa La Granja (2007) - "(100% Tinto Fino, a.k.a. Tempranillo): Brilliant ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with a hint of vanilla in the background. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively red fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. Closes on a smoky note, with slow-building tannins and lingering coconut and spicecake nuances."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Dehesa La Granja (2006) - "This unfiltered Spanish Tempranillo opens with a mild oak and mild blackberry with a hint of black licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty black plum and black licorice blend with hints of minerality, old oak, and spice. The finish is dry and it sticky tannins show very nice length. This would pair well with slow cooked barbecue beef brisket. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 1, 2013

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Dehesa La Granja (2006) - "Dark ruby.  Dark berries and cola on the fragrant, oak-spiced nose and in the mouth.  Plush and expansive, with good finishing power and late-arriving, harmonious tannins.  This wine already seems to be in its prime drinking window."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 2, 2012

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Dehesa La Granja (2006) - "Alejandro Fernández, of Pesquera fame, takes a classic approach to this 100 percent tempranillo wine, aging it in oak barrels and releasing it only after it has matured in bottle and reached its prime. It’s spicy, with an air of intrigue. ABV: 14 percent."

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Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, Oct 1, 2013

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Dehesa La Granja (2005) - "Deep ruby. Highly perfumed bouquet of cherry, mulberry, smoky Indian spices and vanilla. Vibrant, precise and seamless, offering juicy red and dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes with slow-building tannins, very good clarity and punch and repeating floral and spice qualities."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Dehesa La Granja (2005) - "The 2005 Dehesa la Granja, from a top-flight vintage, displays an inviting perfume of cedar, Asian spices, a hint of balsamic, licorice, and assorted black fruits. This is followed by a sweetly-fruited, well-proportioned wine with a friendly personality. It is approachable now but is likely to evolve for another 2-3 years. Drink this outstanding value from 2013 to 2020+. "

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Dehesa La Granja (2005) - "Distinct aromas of mature red summer berries with Kirsch, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and herbaceous oak. Full and flavorful palate of raspberry jam, black plum, mocha, and toast, with touches of roasted almonds and clove. Smooth finish. Good buy. Roast suckling pig."


Santé, Sep 1, 2012

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Dehesa La Granja (2004) - "The 2004 Dehesa la Granja offers similar but more expressive aromatics, is rounder and more supple on the palate, and has outstanding depth, concentration, and length. It is more forward than the 2003 but should offer a similar drinking window. It will be at its best from 2010-2020."

92 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 29, 2008

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Dehesa La Granja (2004) - "Smooth, ripe and balanced with rich plum and soft texture; rich and long; lovely."

89 Points
Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, Jul 2, 2010

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Dehesa La Granja (2004) - "Inky ruby. Ripe cherry and singed plum on the nose, with a smoky overtone. This rich and weighty wine offers ripe dark fruit compote flavors and a chewy texture. On the tarry side: this could use more energy."

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 24, 2009

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Dehesa La Granja (2003) - "Deep ruby color. Sexy dark berry and plum aromas are complemented by pipe tobacco and candied licorice. Plush, sexy dark berry liqueur flavors are supported by velvety tannins and seem to gain flesh with aeration. Very easy to drink, with no rough edges and a strong finishing note of blackberry. Very fresh for a wine from such a hot vintage. "

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2008

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Dehesa La Granja (2003) - "The 2003 Dehesa la Granja offers an attractive bouquet of smoke, mocha, coffee, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured, ripe, and concentrated wine with several years of aging potential..."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 29, 2008

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Dehesa La Granja (2002) - "Ruby-red. Warm, lightly roasted aromas of plum and cherry, plus a suggestion of licorice. Then sweet and supple, with deep, ripe flavors of cherry and raspberry preserves and fully absorbed tannins. Lush, suave and long, with a lingering note of blackberry and a faint hint of vanilla. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Dehesa La Granja (2000) - "Saturated medium ruby. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, mocha and espresso. Dense, lush and sappy, with an impressive core of sweet black raspberry, dark chocolate and nutty oak flavors. Velvety, sweet and large-scaled but still quite unevolved. A somewhat unrefined but impressive wine that finishes very long, with building tannins. The strongest vintage yet from Alejandro Fernández's third Ribera del Duero project (after Pesquera and Condado de Haza), and a great value."

91 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Aug 1, 2003

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Dehesa La Granja (2000) - "Something wild: smoke and animale on the nose, then meaty black cherry flavors and juicy black tannins. The 2000 vintage of Fernandez's Toro estate isn't what anyone would call subtle, but it's definitely delicious, and, in its satiny ripeness, would play perfectly against torta del casar or other rich creamy cheeses."

89 Points
Ray Isle, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Apr 1, 2004

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Dehesa La Granja (2000) - "Soft, elegant, and more restrained [than the 1999] the deep ruby/purple-colored, medium-bodied 2000 possesses a spicy, leathery finish. Anticipated maturity: Now. Excellent Value. "

87 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Apr 26, 2004

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Dehesa La Granja (1999) - "The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 exhibits more rustic tannin along with aromas of espresso intermixed with black chocolate, currants, and sweet cherries. While more firmly structured than the 1998, I would still opt for drinking it over the next 3-4 yes. Excellent Value."

88 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Apr 26, 2004

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Dehesa La Granja (1998) - "A plump, concentrated effort, it possesses a saturated deep ruby color as well as an enticing bouquet of brown sugar, black cherries, currants, and licorice. Excellent Value."

89 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Apr 26, 2004

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BODEGAS Y VIñEDOS FERNáNDEZ RIVERA WINERY INFO

Overview: In 1998, Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera, having created Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza in their native Ribera del Duero acquired the historic "La Granja" estate: 1800 acres of southfacing hillsides along the Guareña River with enormous hand-carved 18th century cellars. New vineyards totaling 325 acres of Tempranillo clones obtained in Pesquera have reverted this historic wine estate to its original vocation.

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History: Alejandro Fernández and his wife Esperanza Rivera, having created Tinto Pesquera and Condado de Haza in their native Ribera del Duero, looked farther afield in the Spring of 1998. Offered the opportunity to acquire one of Spain's grandest agricultural estates, they purchased the rundown estate bordering the Guareña River in the province of Zamora, in the heart of one of Spain's earliest-recognized wine regions.

Known during the entire 20th-century as "La Granja Valdeguareña de los Moleros" the 1800-acre ranch had been devoted to the breeding of highly regarded fighting bulls, still in operation at the time of purchase. From the 18th through 19th centuries the estate had been a regionally-dominant producer of wine, evidenced by 40,000 square feet of cellars hand-carved by 125 laborers over 17 years. During that time the local wine producing area was known throughout Spain and Europe as Tierra del Vino (Land of Wine).

House and ranch compound were renovated and a modern winemaking facility installed, directly over the 18th-century cellars. Alejandro rapidly set to work reconverting the estate to wine production, with 325 acres of old-clone Tempranillo from his vineyards in Ribera del Duero planted by late 2000.

As with Fernández wines in Ribera del Duero, the fully-extracted must undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak, and a meticulous racking and aging program achieves natural clarification. The wines are bottled after two years in the barrel.

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