Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja (2014)
Located in western Spain in the province of Zamora, Alejandro’s third winery is built on a sprawling ranch, where the 120 hectares of high-quality Tempranillo vines produce wines that are large in volume, structure and depth. 100% Tempranillo
Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 18 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. Known as Alejandro’s “transcendental wine” the 2011 Dehesa la Granja is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to six years in bottle.
A true farm-to-table wine, the 2011 Dehesa La Granja is well-structured, potent, velvety, and fleshy wine in the mouth, boasting powerful, rounded tannins.. It has subtle hints of ripe red berries with smooth, rounded balsamic notes and traces of smoky, toasted elements.
92pts James Suckling
Big, ripe blackberry and smoky nose with hints of earth and caramel. A full-bodied red with plenty of positive, dry tannins. Pleasantly warm, but also fresh and animating, this is delicious now and should hold through at least 2021.