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Alejandro Fernández

The Spanish winery "Bodegas Alejandro Fernández" is located in the municipality of Pesquera de Duero in the DO Ribera del Duero. It was founded in 1972 by Alejandro Fernández, a trained agricultural machinery technician who had made a great fortune with the invention of agricultural machinery for sugar beet. The vineyards cover 220 hectares. The flagship of the house is "Pesquera de Duero" or "Pesquera" for short, after the municipality of the same name. This is one of the best and most expensive wines in Spain and the world, along with the "Pingus" from the Dominio de Pingus winery and the "Unico" from the Vega Sicilia winery. In 1992, Robert Parker called it the "Petrus of Spain" and made it suddenly world-famous. The wine is made from the grape variety Tinta del País (Tempranillo), which is cultivated in a strongly yield-limited way

Fermentation is followed by a two-week maceration, followed by malolactic fermentation in French or American oak barriques. No fining or filtering takes place afterwards. There are different qualities of crianza, reserva and gran reserva, which differ in the age of the vines, the selection of grapes, the age of the barriques and the duration of the barrique ageing (up to four years). A variety called "Reserva Janus" is produced only in special years (for example 1986 and 1994) and is made according to the classic method with complete grapes (without destemming). The winery "Condado de Haza" near Roa de Duero is also in possession of the vineyard "Condado de Haza", where a varietal red wine Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) is produced. Alejandro Fernández is considered, along with Vega Sicilia, an important pioneer of the modern Ribera del Duero wine style. The owner is also known as "Rey del Tempranillo" (King of Tempranillo).

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