Bodegas Bohórquez is a totally new Spanish winery, the result of many years of research in the central growing zone of the Ribera del Duero – the area responsible for producing such distinguished wines as Vega Sicilia, Pingus and Pesquera. On the right bank of the Ribera del Duero river, the central and best portion is known as Pesquera de Duero, noted for its chalky, stony soils that are perfect for the Tempranillo variety. Construction of the winery, or bodega, began in 1999; initially land was rented from local growers, but over time two blocks of land were purchased, including the Páramo de Pesquera y Laderas de Valderramiro, where many famous estates are located. The cellars were completed in 2003. This marked the debut of Bohórquez’ “MMII,” honoring the first release of the estate’s wines in 2002, and as the vines mature the wines continue to improve.
From the outset, Bodegas Bohórquez was conceived to be a state of the art winery, designed for minimal impact on the environment while optimizing winemaking and storage facilities. Grapes are hand picked, and then go to a sorting table before passing into stainless steel fermenting tanks. The blend is 80% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. After fermentation, the wine is tank aged for two months, barrel-aged for fifteen months in French and American new oak, and then bottle aged for nine months prior to release.
The packaging is simple but elegant, showing the estate name and the quality grade on a plain white background. The deeply colored, complex and velvety blend of noble varieties is ideally balanced with just the right touch of oak; it is enjoyable on release, but will gain considerable complexity in bottle. Decanter Magazine gave the 2005 vintage five stars, and the influential Penin Guide awarded it 92 points.