(Ribera del Duero, Spain) $27

Spain is a country that takes its masculinity seriously (not to mention its wine). And so—after just a sip or two—a writer could be forgiven for an imagination, momentarily unleashed, that leaps to broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped bullfighters and smoky late-night cafes. (Okay, never mind). This part about the wine is true: Pesquera emerged on the international scene in the 1980s with such generous, sumptuous, and delicious tempranillos that a whole new style of tempranillo was born. Pesquera’s vanilla, earth, and sweet tobacco-leaf flavors bolt out of the glass, yet the wine has wonderful beauty and sophistication. (14.5% abv)

94 points KM

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