Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez El Vinculo (2013)
With a great dedication to quality control, Alejandro has made sure the wines he produces at El Vínculo, from the estate’s founding in 1999, are unique gems of D.O. La Mancha, where quantity often overshadows quality. 100% Tempranillo
Lying in the warmest region of the four Fernández estates, the grapes at El Vínculoare the first to be harvested. Each of the leased vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning of September and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The El Vínculo Crianza is aged for 18 months in fine grain, 225-and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked four 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 the Fernández family are neither filtered nor fined before bottling and some sediment may be found in each bottle, which does not affect the quality of the wine. Upon completion of barrel aging, the El Vínculo Crianza is aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released.
The 2013 Crianza has savory spice and smoke accents, with notes of plum and violet in the nose. Containing rich notes of ripe plums, toasted wood, fresh tobacco, barbeque spice and vanilla liquor, this wine is earthy and deliciously unique.