2015 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Tempranillo Rioja SKU #1254709


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Tasting Notes

Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They are entirely self reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. This is made from Tempranillo grown in iron rich clay soils. In fact, this red tinged, iron laden clay mark the wines as noticeably as they do the homes and structures of this structures of this off the beaten path, soulful Rioja village. Given the coolness of the harvest combined with Badarán's unique colder climate, this young Rioja shows bright, focused mixed berry fruits with great cut and purity. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, tank aged, and always treated very gently (just a light filtration here), this is a "joven" style red that speaks to its unique terroir.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Rioja is home to some of the most magnificent, age-worthy wines on earth, as well as many that display in their youth all the convivial charm and vibrancy that attracts the immediate consumer, the spontaneous gathering, the sitting on the deck with a good read, wines that are friendly and engaging and delicious, and so well-priced in the bargain. Such is the Alesanco, medium-bodied and oozing with flavors of red cherry, plum, savory tobacco, iron and clove, with delicate acidity on the smooth finish. A welcoming, amiable wine to open with a saffron-infused paella of poultry and chorizo.


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