The full-bodied 1995 Janus Gran Reserve (a cuvee only produced previously in 1994, 1991, 1986, and 1982) is remarkably young and vibrant despite the fact that it has been aged for 3 years in oak casks. Sadly, there are only 1,000+ cases of this wine. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with a bouquet of barbecue spices, creamy oak, melted licorice, and copious quantities of black currant and cherry fruit. This opulent, viscous, full-bodied, lusty 1995 reveals substantial tannin that is largely concealed by the wealth of fruit and extract. The heady finish lasts over 40 seconds. This big, solid Ribera del Duero should age effortlessly for another 15 years.
Alejandro Fernández is the living image of a self-made man. He had always dreamt of setting up his own winery and making great red wines while he was making a living doing different jobs as a young man. Following on from the family tradition learnt from his father, Alejandro would make wine each year from the grapes of his small vineyard. However, he had to wait until 1972 to have his own real winery. It had a small 16th century winepress where almost the whole process was conducted. Ten years would pass before the Tinto Pesquera winery would look more or less the same as it does today. The ancient winepress, however, still survives to this day.
All his vineyards are planted with Tempranillo vines in which Alejandro is a master. Today the results of his efforts are known and appreciated around the world. These are red wines in which the wood is enormously respectful to the fruit. Wines that gain in complexity and nuances as the years go by without losing theri original character. These are Pesquera red wines.
Janus is the top wine of Pesquera, and is only made in the best years. It is complex, balanced, rounded, intenseand full of nuances. Named after a Roman god, it is a wine that merges together old and new winemaking techniques perfectly, expressing the best of both.
In 1982 the vintage was one of the best in living memory. This lead Alejandro to carrying out a unique experience: making two different wines from the same grapes. Firstly, he took half the bunches and placed them whole into the old stone wine press to make wine in the traditional way. Then he de-stemmed the remaining grapes and fermented them in the winery's stainless steel tanks.
Both wines satisfied their maker. The first wine, which was made in the traditional way, was only sold in Spain. The second, however, was the first Pesquera wine to be exported and opened up the way to the winery's worldwide renown in the world.
But Alejandro wanted to go just a little bit further. He mixed the last 2.000 litres of each kind of wine in equal measures and placed the resulting wine to rest for three years in old American oak barrels. The end result was a totally unique, extraordinarily complex and balanced wine bottled in 1986 that was different from the rest.
This wine was named Janus. Only 6.000 bottles were produced during the first Janus vintage in 1986, which appeared in the autumn of 1988.
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