Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja 2011, Castilla Y Leon, Spain

Located in western Spain in the province of Zamora, Alejandro’s third winery is built on a sprawling ranch, where the 120 hectares of high-quality Tempranillo vines produce wines that are large in volume, structure and depth. All vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 18 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. A true farm-to-table wine, the 2008 Dehesa La Granja is uniquely silky, powerful, balanced and elegant. It contains lush notes of ripe blackberries, vanilla, cigar box and licorice on the nose and palate.