2018 Alejandro Fernandez El Vinculo Crianza
The El Vinculo Crianza is a 100% pure Tempranillo. The EL Vinculo comes from organic vineyards where only 20 hectoliters per ha are harvested. The wine has been aged for 18 months in American and French new oak and is then aged for a minimum of 6 months in the bottle. In the glass, the Vinculo is dark purple. In the nose we smell ripe fruit (cherry and strawberry), wood, minerals, vanilla. The palate is modern in style with smooth, clean black cherries, wild strawberry, vanilla and orange zest. It is very classy and silky smooth to the finish. A very nice wine with an excellent price/quality ratio. The wine is now perfect to drink and has a drinking window until 2025+
One of the many dreams of Alejandro Fernández (Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa La Granja) has also come true. This leading genius wine man wanted to produce a great wine in La Mancha. During one of his travels he discovered good old tempranillo vines that had adapted perfectly to the local climate conditions. When properly cared for, the tempranillo (cencibel) gives excellent results in La Mancha. A beautiful building typical of La Mancha, near the windmills of Campo de Criptana and next to a railway station, has been transformed into a modern winery. Alejandro Fernández's goal from the start was to produce limited quantities of top quality wine. The name 'El Vínculo' is a tribute to the old family winery in the Duero wine region. The climate in La Mancha is extremely continental with freezing winters (-15°C) and sweltering summers (+45°C). The direct exposure to the sun's rays is enormous: no less than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year! The mountains around the entire region block most of the precipitation. Annually no more than 300-400 mm falls here, and long periods of drought are a scourge for normal viticulture. The application of carefully dosed drip irrigation is therefore necessary to be able to harvest top quality grapes here.
In terms of success, only Vega Sicilia from Ribera del Duero can compete with the Pesquera wines of Alejandro Fernández. Fernández makes wines of a rich and exceptional character at relatively realistic prices, and he is therefore the archetype of a 'success story' in modern times. Born in 1932, he left school at age 14 and was brought up in the fields. His 'curriculum vitae' therefore includes professions such as carpenter, farrier and inventor of numerous agricultural machines that were supposed to facilitate the processing of the beet fields, among other things. However, he dreamed with his wife Esperanza and their 4 daughters to grow wine with international allures.
In 1972, through his agricultural machinery business, he obtained a loan that enabled him to launch into wine growing. One of his first assistants (and mentor), the oenologist Teofilo Reyes, will have a defining influence on the style of the wine by putting more emphasis on the ripeness of the grapes than ripening in barrel. At a time when Spanish viticulture is declining and vines are being torn out to be replaced by beets, Fernández plants vines and markets his first wine in 1975. Unlike most Spanish wines that age and sell in cask cellars when they reach their maturity, the Pesquera wine matures in the bottle following the example of the great Bordeaux. Very sober ruby-purple color, a lot of fruit, typical wood, remarkable maturity and intensity, with a beautiful structure and a lot of tanines, because of these characteristics the Pesquera wines are considered as a current measure of the potential of the Spanish wines.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Appellation||La Mancha (Appellation)|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|