2014 was the first time winemaker Manuel Manzaneque chose to bottle a single plot as a unique wine. This wine, Mil Cepas, literally One Thousand Vines, is that wine. It was sourced from a single 1.9 acre vineyard, planted to 35 year-old vines of Cencibel. It has been farmed organically for since 2011. It also offers a unique soil character for the region with elevated levels of sand which leads to slower ripening and additional complexity in the finished wines. Approximately 3,000 bottles were produced in this inaugural vintage.
The hand harvested grapes underwent cold maceration in stainless steel tanks prior to fermentation with native yeasts. The wine was aged for 14 month in used French oak barrels.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 Mil Cepas from Manuel Manzaneque Suárez is produced entirely from tempranillo, which in this region is known as Cencibel. The wine is cropped at a very low fifteen hectoliters per hectare, with the sandy soils here slowing ripening in the heat of summer, so that this is only 13.5 percent octane. The wine includes fifteen percent whole clusters, is fermented entirely with indigenous yeasts and raised in older French casks for fourteen months prior to bottling. The excellent bouquet jumps from the glass in a very refined blend of cherries, pomegranate, cigar wrapper, lovely spices tones redolent of fresh nutmeg and clove, woodsmoke, a fine base of soil and a gentle topnote of cedar from the older oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and very transparent for young tempranillo, with a lovely core, fine focus and grip, impressive complexity and a very long, vibrant and suavely-tannic finish. This is a very high class bottle of tempranillo that shares the aesthetic sensibilities of a top flight Burgundy, with more intensity of flavor than weight on the palate and great backend bounce and tang. Really impressive juice! 2017-2040. Jan/Feb 2017
(made with whole berries and 15 percent stem inclusion; fermented and aged for 14 months in neutral French oak barrels) Lurid ruby-red. A sexy, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, cola and incense, and a smoky nuance builds in the glass. Fleshy, seamless and sweet; black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity and pick up an exotic hint of star anise with air. Finishes juicy, silky and very long, displaying lingering spiciness and pliant, harmonious tannins that fold steadily into the sappy fruit. This wine shows extremely impressive elegance for being from La Mancha.
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