|92||View from the Cellar||The wine is made from very low-yielding bush vines (fifteen hectoliters per hectare), fermented with indigenous yeasts, and this year, was raised entirely in French barrels, with twenty-five percent of the oak new. The bouquet is deep and nascently complex, offering up a fine constellation of black cherries, woodsmoke, lovely spice tones, wild fennel, a touch of cola and a deft framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and youthfully complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, well-integrated tannins and outstanding length and grip on the very promising finish. This is very approachable today, but it is still a puppy and will be even better with three or four years’ worth of bottle age. Fine, fine juice and a terrific bargain! 2017-2040.|
|90||Vinous Media||(aged for six months in French oak barrels, 25 percent of them new) Deep ruby. Smoky, deeply perfumed blackberry, cherry and violet scents are complemented by hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry preserve and licorice flavors that are given lift by a jolt of juicy acidity. Shows depth as well as vivacity, finishing with solid punch, very good persistence and building tannins.
2019 - 2024
|91||View from the Cellar||The 2015 EA! from Manuel Manzaneque Suárez is another excellent wine. This made from forty to seventy year-old Cencibel vines (the local name for Tempranillo) and these old vines produce a very small, intensely flavored crop each year. The wine is aged in twenty-five percent new French casks. The 2015 EA! offers up impressive depth and complexity on the youthful nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a bit of coffee bean, a fine base of soil, cola, wild fennel, a dollop of new oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and nicely plush on the attack, with a fine core, good soil tones, moderate, well-integrated tannins and impressive length and grip on the well-balanced finish. This is really a terrific wine for its price tag, which is just over twenty dollars here in the US. 2018-2030+.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
|88+||The Wine Advocate||There is more depth and complexity in the red 2015 ¡Ea! Tinto, a pure old-vine Cencibel (the local strain of Tempranillo from La Mancha) that fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French and American barriques for six months. There is some rusticity and some dusty tannins that would welcome food. Very Cencibel.
Issue 234, December 2017