Dark cherry red in color with notes of mixed berries and licorice wrapped in sleek oak, vanilla and roasted coffee, the palate is fine and elegant, with impressive smoothness.
2008 was the vintage of extended grape maturation. Winter was much warmer than usual and incredibly arid – the tail end of an acrimonious dry spell that had begun the previous autumn. Spring began in the same fashion, before the welcomed rain fell during April and May, quenching the drought-ridden vineyards with much-needed water. Summer began with light rain in early August and was cooler than usual, allowing for a slower phenolic maturation of the grape clusters. Harvest, which was delayed until October, was performed in ideal conditions thanks to a cool, dry September, prompting the Tinto Pesquera team to produce its fourth vintage of the esteemed Millenium Reserva.
Alcoholic fermentation of the Millenium Reserva took place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The resulting wine was then aged for 30 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels were racked four times during the first twelve months and an additional 2-3 times per year during the second and third year of barrel aging. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández were neither filtered nor fined before the bottling, which took place on January 17, 2011. Upon completion of the barrel aging and bottling, the 2008 Millenium Reserva was then aged for an additional three years in bottle before it was released to the market.