93 Insider points

REVIEWS

La Mancha will always have us coming back for more. This is a bright, yet complex wine with brisk acidity and supple tanins. The red fruit flavors and black pepper spices will make it hard to put your glass down. 93 points -Premier Sommelier Team

 

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Tempranillo,Petit Verdot,Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Tierra de la Castilla, Spain
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

“Los Aljibes is one of the up-and-coming stars of La Mancha,” writes the Wine Advocate in 2011. “These new releases from Los Aljibes demonstrate what can be achieved by talented vignerons working in selected regions of La Mancha.”

Up here at about 1,000 meters above sea level the air is oven hot and just as dry for much of the year. The terroir is a dystopian-like expanse of parched earth that is actually nearly sand—so lacking in organic matter it’s a wonder anything can grow here. Out of this inhospitable situation, Finca Los Aljibes has managed to produce a wealth of dirt-cheap wines that reign among Europe’s top values. This red is an atypical cepage of Tempranillo combined with Cabernet and small amounts of Garnacha (Grenache) and Petit Verdot. Modern winemaking techniques and sustainable agriculture help coax all that is pure and delicious from this arid landscape, producing an everyday drinking red with tasty blackberry fruit and a touch of minerality. Pop this bargain in the fridge for a minute or two, and drink it down with carnitas tacos or other similarly unpretentious fare.

  • Los Aljibes is a family-owned estate in Chincilla de Montearagon, in trending Castilla La Mancha.
  • This rugged D.O. sits at 3,200 feet in elevation and features sandy soil and an arid climate. Vines here struggle for nutrients, which in turn means low yields and intense juice.
  •   Castilla-La Mancha is Europe’s largest demarcated region.
  • Matured for eight months in neutral French oak, with no discernable oaky seasoning to distract from this red’s rugged fruit.
TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

Intense and bright cherry color. The nose immediately reminds us of red fruit jams, and spices like black pepper and aromatic herbs (laurel). Mature tannins Sensations of bitter chocolate. Very good acidity Tasty and complex.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Los Aljibes Winery is located in Los Aljibes Estate, in the municipality of Chinchilla of Montearagón, Albacete; this area corresponds to the Denomination of Origin Vino de la Tierra de Castilla. The winery building, which has got the typical La Mancha style, is surrounded by 178 hectares of vineyards, cultivated at an altitude of almost a thousand meters. Los Aljibes is devoted to elaborating expressive wines in which functionality and modernity blend perfectly offering great cultural value.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This will pair with a variety of meats and cheese plates.