El Vínculo Crianza

DO La Mancha

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.

Tasting Notes

Made from a thicker-skinned variety of Tempranillo indigenous to the La Mancha region, called Cencibel. COLOUR: A garnet colour with a ruby rim. Clean and bright. NOSE: Deep aromas of black fruits mingling with notes of liquorice. Sweet vanilla hints come through with notes of roasted coffee beans, brought by the wine’s stay in American oak barrels. PALATE: Fruity on the entry to the palate with black fruits coming to the fore followed by notes of roasted coffee beans and liquorice. Good volume on the palate underpinned by sufficient tannins and acidity to give the palate power and good length of flavour.

Grilled red meat, small game birds and ground game, such as partridge and hare.

The winter began with low temperatures; however, as from February a weather pattern set in which would continue throughout the rest of the year: spring temperatures well above average, spells of extreme heat in summer and a very warm autumn. As for rainfall, this was a very dry year, with around half of the average precipitation. These mild conditions led to a very early bud-break, while subsequent vine vegetation growth was sluggish because of the low water reserves in the soils. This resulted in vines with few bunches that were small in size, as were the berries. This consequently had a positive influence on the ripening process. The vine cycle continued well ahead of schedule and led to a very early harvest which produced a small crop that was ranked as excellent in quality.

De-stemming of the bunches followed by fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged 18 months in American oak barrels, then 6 months in bottle.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 15.5%

DESCRIPTION: Situated at an altitude of between 750 and 650 metres on semi-flat land sloping north to south and south facing. SURFACE AREA: 52 Hectares. AGE: Average of 50 years. SOIL: A mix of sand and clay throughout the land.

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.

Tasting Notes

Made from a thicker-skinned variety of Tempranillo indigenous to the La Mancha region, called Cencibel. APPEARANCE: Garnet with a ruby edge, clear and bright. NOSE: Elegant on the nose, with ripe black fruits such as plums, cherries and dark morello cherries standing out. Notes of vanilla, roasted dried nuts, coffee and a balsamic touch. PALATE: Pleasant entry and unctuous to the palate. With mature tannins and a persistent finish of balsamic and spicy licorice.

Grilled red meat, small game birds and ground game, such as partridge and hare.

2016 started out with a dry winter which was warmer than usual. Spring was colder and wetter than usual, particularly March and April, which coincided with the bud break, favouring the early stages of the vines’ growth. Summer—which was hotter and drier than usual and with a particularly intense heat wave from late August to early September—led to a decrease in the size of the berries and a delay in ripening as well as harvesting. There was no rain during the ripening and harvesting period, which is why the sanitary quality of the grapes was very satisfactory.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14%

DESCRIPTION: Situated at an altitude of between 750 and 650 metres on semi-flat land sloping north to south and south facing. SURFACE AREA: 52 Hectares. AGE: Average of 50 years. SOIL: A mix of sand and clay throughout the land.

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.

Tasting Notes

Made from a thicker-skinned variety of Tempranillo indigenous to the La Mancha region, called Cencibel, 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.

The 2013 vintage began with a very rainy and cold winter, which gradually gave rise to mild mid-spring temperatures during the month of April. The latter half of spring was drier than in previous vintages and led to a ‘perfect’ summer that was only interrupted by a few isolated storms, with relatively low humidity. Winemaker Eva Fernández describes wines produced from the highlands of La Mancha in 2013 as being ‘complex and full of acidity, with intense flavors that give way to cool sensations under the tongue.’ With a well-defined tannin structure and potent flavor profile, the 2013 El Vínculo contains a unique intensity that persists in the mouth long after it first stimulates the palate.

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 ElVínculoCrianza 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.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 4.97g/L, pH 3.84, Alcohol 14.5%

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 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 the Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

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.

Tasting Notes

Made from a thicker-skinned variety of Tempranillo indigenous to the La Mancha region, the 2012 Crianza has savory spice and smoke accents, with notes of plum and violet in the nose. Containing rich flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco and nutmeg, this wine is refined and seamless.

2012 began with a cold and dry winter and, while snow fell in the highlands of La Mancha during January, February and March were much drier than in previous years. The deluge that hit central Spain in April also affected Castilla y La Mancha, and the old-vine Tempranillo purchased by the Fernández family was released from the hydric stress it had sustained from the year before. May and June contained ideal temperatures for the proper developments of the vines, the prelude to a typically hot and dry verano manchego, or sultry La Manchan summer. The tail end of August was slightly cooler than normal, providing an excellent phenolic maturation of the grapes prior to harvest.

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 takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The 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 Alejandro Fernández are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the El Vínculo Crianza is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.

100% Tempranillo. Acidity 5.0 g/L. Alcohol 14.5%.

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 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 the Tempranillo grapes he had discovered in La Mancha could result in wines that achieve his standards of excellence.

  • 88

    Points

    Wine Spectator, January 2018

    "Inside a hard shell of tannins, flavors of kirsch, strawberry preserves and vanilla mingle. A bit candied but lively, thanks to sweet-tart acidity. Slightly disjointed, but has fruit and muscle. Tempranillo. Drink now through 2023. 1,300 cases imported."

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