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Wine

El Vínculo Tinto Crianza

Winery

Bodegas Alejandro Fernández

Region

La Mancha

Varietal

100% Tempranillo

Aging

Aged 15 months in barriques of American oak and 6 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Opaque ruby. Smoky, oak-accented dark berry and cherry aromas are brightened by a peppery nuance and a hint of clove. Sappy, sweet and expansive, offering intense cherry-vanilla and blackberry preserve flavors and a touch of mocha. Supple tannins give shape to the finish, where the spice and cherry notes echo strongly. This wine was raised entirely in American oak; I'll bet on it being even better after the lumber has had time to mesh with the fruit.

Press

90 points (2009 vintage), International Wine Cellar