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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007
Mano a Mano La Mancha 2007
(search item no. 100515)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $9.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark cherry-red, with an intense purplish color round the edges. Aromas of ripe forest fruit, cocoa, violets and a balsamic flourish against a smoky background. Flavorsome, fresh, balanced and meaty, with good fruit on the palate. Forest fruits take the lead for the overture.
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About Mano a Mano:

This winery is located in the terroir of La Mancha found in the eastern region of the Denomination of Origin. The soil is the reason that the winery committed themselves to purchasing 95 hectares (228 acres) of vineyards, located at an altitude of 660 meters (1980 ft) above sea level, with an average age of 40 year old vines.

The sandy soils (up to 1 meter in depth) have an underlayment of large river stones, with a lot of iron, clay, and chalk. The vines produce very low yields of 1-2 kgs of grapes per vine. Winters are very cold; summers are hot with cool nights and it is a very arid climate.

The Spanish enologist, Rafael CaƱizares seeks to achieve the maximum expression of the Tempranillo grape grown in this environment. After very careful vineyard selections, only the best vines of Tempranillo grapes are hand harvested.