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La Mancha, the sprawling plateau south of Madrid, is not re-known for high quality; it’s main claim being the largest wine-growing region both in Spain and the world. This producer though is highlighted in the ‘bible’ for Spanish wines (the Peñín Guide) as being “undeniably the best” from the region. The packaging doesn’t do this particular bottle any favours though, giving a rather cheap and tacky feel.

Wine Tasting Note: Alejandro Fernández El Vínculo Crianza, 2002, La Mancha, Spain.
Available from Oddbins for £13.29.
I’m thinking dusty plains, hot simmering horizons and insects buzzing through the gentle slopes of low-lying vineyards as the ancient windmills creak in a gentle breeze… A scent of wild berries, strawberries and more than a dusting of spice open this deep cherry coloured wine. The palate follows with a rich and mellow feel, dusty tannins hide in a rich and jam flavoured wine with mellowed complexity and a long toasty finish. Delicious. 100% Tempranillo. Alcohol 13%.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100

This was served with a steak and chorizo stew (Part One / Part Two) as detailed on Slashfood. Although the spice of the chorizo dampened the wines flavours a tad it was an lovely combination. Equally manchego and other cheeses, as detailed on the producers website, would be a fine match.

1 Comment »

  1. dr says:

    14% alcohol.

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