El Vínculo Alejairén

DO La Mancha

The only white wine made by the Fernández family, Alejairén draws its name from the combination of its creator Alejandro and its grape variety Airén.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE: Intense straw-yellow with a greenish rim. Clean and brilliant. NOSE: Subtle aromas of white flowers, citrus fruit and hints of stone fruit. Balsamic and roasted coffee bean notes. PALATE: A fresh, smooth entry on the palate with touches of lemon zest and stone fruit together with roasted coffee bean notes brought by its stay in barrel. A long finish with a touch of bitterness that produces an irresistible urge to take another sip.

Perfect for accompanying first courses, such as Iberian ham and pairs well with rice and pasta dishes, main course fish dishes and even as a dessert.

The year got off to a cold start, and spring followed suit but with very heavy rainfall, too. Warm weather was slow to arrive and didn’t actually turn up until August. With the accumulation of water in the soils, a large crop was produced, while the absence of heat caused a delay in the vine cycle. However, warm weather inSeptember helped the grapes to complete their ripening and reach optimal levels of quality. This delay in the vine cycle meant that the harvest was carried out at abnormally late dates for the region.

De-stemming and pressing to allow spontaneous fermentation to take place in barrels and stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged 18 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, followed by 6 months in bottle before release onto the market.

100% Airén Alcohol 13.5%

While on vacation to visit La Mancha’s emblematic windmills that inspired Cervantes to write Don Quixote, Alejandro was surprised to discover 100-year-old, head-pruned Tempranillo (aka Cencibel) vines amidst a sea of white Airén grapes. Convinced he must undertake one last bodegain the historic village of Campo de Criptanain La Mancha, El Vínculo was born. By signing long-term leases with the town’s three best grape growers, and carefully controlling both the yield (50% of fruit is dropped each year) and harvest time (his grapes are harvested two weeks on average after the rest), Alejandro ensured that both the Airénand Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

The only white wine made by the Fernández family, Alejairén draws its name from the combination of its creator Alejandro and its grape variety Airén.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE: Golden, limpid and vibrant. NOSE: Intense, balsamic and very aromatic. Denoting spice notes over the aroma of ripe fruit exhibiting. PALATE: Dense, buttery and long. A perfect balance between fruit and wood, which makes this wine an unconventional and distinct white. Fresh on the palate with a long aftertaste with fruity notes.

Perfect for accompanying first courses, such as Iberian ham and pairs well with rice and pasta dishes, main course fish dishes and even as a dessert.

Warmer year than usual. The first frost did not arrive until November and December causing the winter temperatures to be higher than normal. The spring began with cooler temperatures than usual, but the budding cycle proceeded as normal. The average temperature from June was high.

De-stemming and crushing for fermentation in stainless steel tanks to produce natural wines. 18 months in French oak barrels and 6 months in bottle.

100% Airén Alcohol 14%

While on vacation to visit La Mancha’s emblematic windmills that inspired Cervantes to write Don Quixote, Alejandro was surprised to discover 100-year-old, head-pruned Tempranillo (aka Cencibel) vines amidst a sea of white Airén grapes. Convinced he must undertake one last bodegain the historic village of Campo de Criptanain La Mancha, El Vínculo was born. By signing long-term leases with the town’s three best grape growers, and carefully controlling both the yield (50% of fruit is dropped each year) and harvest time (his grapes are harvested two weeks on average after the rest), Alejandro ensured that both the Airénand Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

The only white wine made by the Fernández family, Alejairén draws its name from the combination of its creator Alejandro and its grape variety Airén.

Tasting Notes

A wine unique in quality and class, the 2016 vintage is both sumptuous and unctuous with rich flavors of ripe apricot, brioche, honeycomb, crème brûlée and soft white flower notes found both in the nose and on the palate.

Perfect for accompanying first courses, such as Iberian ham and pairs well with rice and pasta dishes, main course fish dishes and even as a dessert.

The 2016 vintage can be characterized as warmer-than-normal year. The first frosts arrived in November and December, which gave rise to a colder-than-usual winter. Cooler temperatures were registered in spring, allowing more normal bud-break than in previous years. Average temperatures from June-October were particularly high, moving harvest up around the region a couple of weeks earlier than the Manchegos had planned. A vintage said to produce wines of excellent depth and natural concentration, the 2016 Alejairén is a stellar example of what exceptional old-vine Airén can produce when hand-harvested and barrel-aged.

Lying in the warmest region of the four Fernández estates, the grapes at El Vínculo are the first to be harvested. Each of the leased vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning-middle of September and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation of the white Airén grapes takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The finished Alejairén is then aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225-and 300-liter neutral French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Alejairén is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Airén Acidity 4.81 g/L pH 3.69 Alcohol 14%

While on vacation to visit La Mancha’s emblematic windmills that inspired Cervantes to write Don Quixote, Alejandro was surprised to discover 100-year-old, head-pruned Tempranillo (aka Cencibel) vines amidst a sea of white Airén grapes. Convinced he must undertake one last bodegain the historic village of Campo de Criptanain La Mancha, El Vínculo was born. By signing long-term leases with the town’s three best grape growers, and carefully controlling both the yield (50% of fruit is dropped each year) and harvest time (his grapes are harvested two weeks on average after the rest), Alejandro ensured that both the Airénand Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

The only white wine made by the Fernández family, Alejairén draws its name from the combination of its creator Alejandro and its grape variety Airén.

Tasting Notes

A wine unique in quality and class, the 2015 vintage is both sumptuous and unctuous with rich flavors of ripe apricot, brioche, honeycomb, crème brûlée and soft white flower notes found both in the nose and on the palate.

The 2015 vintage can be characterized as warmer-than-normal year. The first frosts arrived in November, which gave rise to a colder-than-usual winter. High temperatures were registered in spring, causing an earlier bud-break than in previous years. Average temperatures from June-October were particularly high, moving harvest up around the region a couple of weeks earlier than the Manchegos had planned. A vintage said to produce wines of excellent depth and natural concentration, the 2015 Alejairén is a stellar example of what exceptional old-vine Airén can produce when hand-harvested and barrel-aged.

Lying in the warmest region of the four Fernández estates, the grapes at El Vínculo are the first to be harvested. Each of the leased vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning-middle of September and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation of the white Airén grapes takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The finished Alejairénis then aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225-and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Alejairén is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Airén. Acidity 4.81 g/L., pH 3.69 Alcohol 13.5%.

While on vacation to visit La Mancha’s emblematic windmills that inspired Cervantes to write Don Quixote, Alejandro was surprised to discover 100-year-old, head-pruned Tempranillo (aka Cencibel) vines amidst a sea of white Airén grapes. Convinced he must undertake one last bodegain the historic village of Campo de Criptanain La Mancha, El Vínculo was born. By signing long-term leases with the town’s three best grape growers, and carefully controlling both the yield (50% of fruit is dropped each year) and harvest time (his grapes are harvested two weeks on average after the rest), Alejandro ensured that both the Airénand Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

The only white wine made by the Fernández family, Alejairén draws its name from the combination of its creator Alejandro and its grape variety Airén.

Tasting Notes

A wine unique in quality and class, the 2014 vintage has rich flavors of fresh apricot, vanilla bean, honey and crème brûlée in both the nose and on the palate.

The 2014 vintage began as a warm and rainy year. January and February were warmer than usual and marked by frequent rainfall. Temperatures in March and April returned to their pleasant norms, with more rain falling towards the middle of spring than in previous vintages. Both May and June received sporadic showers, providing the vineyards an additional water reserve for the hot and dry Castilian summer that followed. In a vintage with an excellent harvest both in terms of quality and quantity, the 2014 Alejaireén is a brilliant example of what exceptional old-vine Airén can produce when hand-crafted and barrel-aged.

Lying in the warmest region of the four Fernández estates, the grapes at El Vínculo are 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 of the white Airén grapes takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The finished Alejairén is then aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced by Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Alejairén is then aged for a minimum of twelve months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Airén. Acidity 4.5 g/L. Alcohol 14.0%.

While on vacation to visit La Mancha’s emblematic windmills that inspired Cervantes to write Don Quixote, Alejandro was surprised to discover 100-year-old, head-pruned Tempranillo (aka Cencibel) vines amidst a sea of white Airén grapes. Convinced he must undertake one last bodega in the historic village of Campo de Criptana in La Mancha, El Vínculo was born. By signing long-term leases with the town’s three best grape growers, and carefully controlling both the yield (50% of fruit is dropped each year) and harvest time (his grapes are harvested two weeks on average after the rest), Alejandro ensured that both the Airén and Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

  • 89

    Points

    Wine Spectator, September 2018

    "This rich, distinctive white has a deep gold color and a thick, toothsome texture. Candied orange, dried fig and vanilla flavors give this a dessert wine profile, but without sweetness. Shows enough acidity to stay fresh. Drink now. 200 cases imported."

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