Invite earthy tempranillo to dinner

WINE OF THE WEEK: 2009 Bodegas A. Fernandez Tinto Pesquera; from Spain's Ribera del Duero (Castilla y Leon); costs $26 to $36; serve with grilled quail, baby lamb chops or grilled sausages.

Alejandro Fernandez's Tinto Pesquera never disappoints. Certainly not in 2009, with this stellar tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.

The vines are old, and the wine is so dark and inky you could paint with it. Pour it into the glass, and the aromas of blackberries, dark plums, anise and earth jump out. It's round and full-bodied in the mouth, as delicious as red wines from this part of the world get.

This is a bottle to bring to a dinner party or break out for a special occasion.

Pair it with grilled quail, baby lamb chops or grilled sausages.


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