El Vinculo Alejairen label
El Vinculo Alejairen bottle

El Vinculo Alejairen 2020

White Wine

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Item# 97239-20/6PK


The Fernández Rivera family has always lived surrounded by vineyards and each member has a deep respect, love and pride for the wine from their native soil, Ribera del Duero. From the moment a young and determined Alejandro Fernández and Esperanza Rivera bought a small winery, the family has been linked to a lifelong passion passed through the generations. Propelled by the conviction that wines of superb quality could once again be made in their hometown, they went against the movement of the time, when cereal and beetroot dominated the landscape, and planted Tempranillo vineyards in Pesquera de Duero. In 1972, in a modest 16th century stone llagar, or ancient wine press, the family began to produce the first Tinto Pesquera wines.


DESCRIPTION: Located at an altitude of 650 to 750 metres in semi- open plain landscape descending north to south with a southern exposure.
SURFACE AREA: 52 hectares (128 acres).
AGE: 50 years.
SOIL: A mix of sand and clay throughout the whole of the vineyard.


Lying in the warmest region of the four Fernández estates, the grapes at El Vínculo are the first to be harvested. Each of the leased vineyard blocks are manually harvested towards the beginning-middle of September and are vinified separately. Alcoholic fermentation of the white Airén grapes takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C. The finished Alejairén is then aged for 24 months in fine grain, 225-and 300-liter neutral French oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Upon completion of barrel aging, the Alejairén is then aged for a minimum of six months in bottle before it is released to the market.


The vintage can be characterized as warmer-than-normal year. The first frosts arrived in November and December, which gave rise to a colder-than-usual winter. Cooler temperatures were registered in spring, allowing more normal bud-break than in previous years. Average temperatures from June-October were particularly high, moving harvest up around the region a couple of weeks earlier than the Manchegos had planned. A vintage said to produce wines of excellent depth and natural concentration, Alejairén is a stellar example of what exceptional old-vine Airén can produce when hand-harvested and barrel-aged.