I have recently received a bottle of Pesquera Reserva Especial
It says it was bottled in 1.984
Does this mean it is from 1980 ?
There does not seem to be any vintage date on the bottle.
I wonder if those early especial bottlings were perhaps blends of good years a la VS ??
and the big question....will it be drinkable ?
(I know there’s only one way to find out !!)
anyone got any experience of this ?
Are you sure you don’t mean 1994. My impression was that 1994 was the only year there was a Reserva Especial. It was released too early to be labeled Gran Reserva, but it had the same barrel time than the 1994 Pesquera Gran Reserva.
No the label is in very good condition (but old looking) although different from later ones.
and definately 1984...
I have the bottle in Spain so can’t look at it now but I saw it over the weekend.
I think I may e-mail the bodega.
If there was a Reserva Especial in 1984 I assume it was for the same reasons that it existed in ’94 - becuase the bodega wanted to release it between the reserva and gran reserva timeframes. Curious how a broad web search reveals numerous references to the 1994 Reserva Especial but none to a 1984.
I’m going to try to get a friend to take a pic of the label
and I can e-mail you if you like ? (don’t know how to post it here)
I assume there is no reference because so little of it remains ?
You have me doubting myself now !! it was hot in Spain last weekend but I don’t think the heat affected me so badly ! :-)
I remember the explanation as to the 1994 because a friend did just as you suggested previously - he emailed the winery. My recollection is that they said that it was a one-time event only in 1994. But anything is possible.
The 1994 is a oddity because it is the exact same wine as the Gran Reserva. The only difference is whether, after bottling, the wine spent its first few months in the marketplace or sitting at the bodega.
I have e-mailed them and asked a friend to send me a photo of the label (this may take a while !)
I see on the website there was a recent vertical tasting
the wines were.....
· Pesquera 1975 · Pesquera 1978
· Pesquera 1980 · Pesquera 1981
· Pesquera Janus 1982 · Pesquera 1984
· Pesquera 1985 · Pesquera Janus 1986
· Pesquera 1987 · Pesquera 1988
· Pesquera 1989 · Pesquera 1990
· Pesquera Janus 1991 · Pesquera 1992
· Pesquera 1993 · Pesquera Janus 1994
· Pesquera 1995 · Pesquera Millennium 1996
· Pesquera 1996 · Pesquera 1999
obviously they didn’t feel the Reserva Especial (es?) were up to much !!