"My first wine, pushing quality for Mancha, true to the character of Cencibel" —
Manuel Manzaneque, winemaker
La Mancha D.O.
100% Cencibel (Tempranillo), from 40-70 year old vines
800 meters / lime-rich, calcareous clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested at a low yields of 15 hl/ha between September 14 and 30
4-day pre-fermentation maceration, fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks
Aged between 6-8 months in lightly toasted French and American oak barrels.
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
¡Ea! 2015
91 (VfC) 90 (VM) 89 () 88+ (RP)
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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
90 Vinous Media Inky ruby. Aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries are energized by suggestions of smoky minerals and white pepper. Round and seamless in texture, offering appealing blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Pliant tannins sneak in late on the long, spice-tinged finish, which leaves a suggestion of dark berry liqueur behind. 2021+
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
89 Atlanta Wine School Connect With Wine Dark-berry and matchstick aromas set the stage for flavors of blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate, butterscotch and violet. Robust tannins stick around for a lengthy finish
M.D. - Wine Enthusiast - Best of the Year 2022
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
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¡Ea! 2016
89 (VM)
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89 Vinous Media Opaque ruby. Expressive dark fruit and floral scents and flavors; a hint of pepperiness adds spicy lift. Smooth and open-knit, showing good clarity and soft, rounded tannins that add gentle grip to the spicy finish. 2021+
Josh Raynolds - February 2021
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¡Ea! 2020
89+ (VfC)
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89+ View from the Cellar Cencibel is the local name for Tempranillo, and these organically-farmed vines are between forty and fully seventy years of age! The wine is fermented with native yeasts and aged six months in very lightly toasted French and American barricas prior to bottling. The wine a deep and sappy nose of black cherries, black raspberries, dark soil tones, cigar ash and a nice touch of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and nicely structured, with a fine core of fruit, buried tannins, very good focus and grip and a long, youthful and well balanced finish. The aromatics and flavor profile here are similar to wines from Toro, but at fourteen percent octane, the 2020 !EA! Cencibel is decidedly lighter on its feet than most examples from the Toro region. Good juice. 2030-2055+.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
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