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.
(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.
2019 - 2026 New Releases from Spain Part 1