D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Castillo y Leon, Ribera del Duero
Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), younger vines under 20 years old.
Soil: Sand and Clay.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and pressed. Long maceration about 24 days on skins. Temperature controlled fermentation done in stainless steel.
Aging: 6 months in French Oak barrels, 6 months in American Oak barrels of 2nd and 3rd use. After that will remain 12 months in bottle before release.
Nose: Aromas of fresh fruit, underscored by notes of cedar, and licorice, with elegant mineral
Taste: On the palate it’s powerful, fruity, menthol, cocoa, toasted coffee, and minerals with noble tannins. Powerful and enveloping in the mouth, with a very long finish.
Color: An exuberant wine with a deep, ruby-red color.
Gastronomy: Grilled steaks, braised meats like lamb and beef short ribs, stews and hearty dishes.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View from the Cellar, March ‘23 gave 90+ points to 2020 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). -“The El Pedrosal Crianza bottling from Bodegas Pérez Pascuas is their younger vine cuvée, with all of these goblet-trained tempranillo vines twenty years of age or less. The wine is aged for one year in cask, in a combination of French and American oak barrels. The 2020 El Pedrosal comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up an expressive bouquet of plums, black cherries, cocoa powder, tobacco smoke, a lovely base of soil and a nice mix of oak tones, ranging from cedar to vanilla to a touch of toasted coconut. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and potentially quite velvety, with a good core, fine balance and grip, ripe tannins and a long, nascently complex and elegant finish. This needs some time in the cellar to fully integrate its oak component, but there is plenty of stuffing to do so and once the oak is buried, this is going to be a fine bottle.”
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Feb ‘23 gave 92 points to 2020 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). "The 100% Tempranillo 'El Pedrosal Crianza' by Viña Pedrosa offers wonderful damp earthy and truffle noise on the nose alongside shades of boysenberry jam. The palate is fresh and viscous with a soft texture and great sense of length. Very strong with its intensity and citrus notes, this is a fantastic wine that is already beautifully evolved and will provide drinking enjoyment over the next plus years. This is seriously good in its youth and will continue to evolve over the next ten to fifteen years."
-Wine Advocate, Jan ‘23 gave 91 points to 2020 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). “The 2020 El Pedrosal, which is sold under the brand Cepa Gavilán, wants to be a balanced, fresh and Atlantic red produced with Tinto Fino. It matured in’ barrel for 12 months and has 14.5% alcohol and good acidity and freshness. The wine introduces the serious and classical wine style with ripeness, austerity and balance with typical rusticity and unusual elegance, a medium to full-bodied palate and fine tannins.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, May ‘22 gave 93 points to 2019 El Pedrosal Crianza (red). “2019 Ribera del Duero El Pedrosal Crianza (Best Buy) Aside from feeling pure and tasting fresh and delicious, there’s dimension to this wine in its weave of spices and notes of fresh cherries and cherry leaves. The acidity and tannins pull back on all the fruit, creating a rich undertow. This is young-vine tempranillo showing off its provenance without ambitions.”