Wine Review of 2013 Alejandro Fernandez Grupo Pesquera El Vínculo Crianza Red (tinto), La Mancha, Spain
Score: 90+/100 Points
Overall Tasting Impressions
A rich and opulent Spanish red, delivering ripe fruit flavors in a deep, toasted cocoa, coffee and caramelly complexity.
Yet, it has the refinement and the dry, meaty savoriness we like and expect from a good Spanish red. Complex and balanced, this is an excellent sip. Drink on its own if you like a solid red, or with rich meaty dishes such as barbecues or roasted meats.
A superior, more complete and richer wine than the previous 2012 vintage, see 2012 Grupo Pesquera El Vínculo Crianza wine review for this perspective.
Related 2012 El Vínculo Wine Review
Wine & Food Pairing?
A spicy marinated pork ribs comes to mind as the perfect pairing, with the wine featuring all the elements to mirror and sustain the sweet generosity, the spiciness and smokiness of the dish. Certainly a perfect wine for pairing with barbecues.
Full Tasting Notes
This Central Spain red comes in a pretty dark red color, with a dark red, slightly purple to the core, and vibrant hues of red to the rim.
The nose confirms we are here with a serious, ripe and deep red wine.
Fragrant aromas of plum marry notes violet flower, dark cherry and prune. It’s fruity and powerful to smell!
Vanilla, coconut and a touch of wood smoke provide a attractive caramelly sense from well-integrated oak. Black pepper, chili spice and earthiness complete a rather complex and tempting aromatic profile.
On the palate, the wine strikes and surprises by its utter smoothness provided by silky tannins and a rich oily texture. It’s also powerfully fruity, blackberry jam and prune, quince flavors dominate the tasting, lifted by white pepper and nutmeg.
It’s rich and opulent, yet, feeling dry with a savory feel from scents of earthiness. The oak is more obvious to the palate than it was to the nose, somewhat giving a Bourbon whiskey taste. Yet, it’s not overwhelming, just giving a sense of opulence of vanilla sweetness that won’t bother those that like a little oak in their wine.