2009 Fronton de Oro Tintilla Gran Canaria

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K&L's notes - Tintilla, which also grows around Ronda near the Sherry triangle in Andalucía, as well as in Rioja where it is known as Graciano, is a tremendously aromatic grape. Bright fruit balances with hints of white pepper, juicy acidity and fine tannins to make this very unique and affordable Canary Island red. Delicious!

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2012 | Send Email
Wine geek central here - a classic Joe Manekin selection. Perfumy and tangy on the nose with hints of various herbs and spices, the palate has rich red fruits with grapefruit accents - yes, this is red wine! So much fun and a lovely break from the norm of everyday drinking.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/29/2012 | Send Email
This tends to be wine geek country, the Canary Islands, that is. Tintilla is a wine geek grape but this is not a wine for geeks only. Dark fruit with minerality, spice and good acidity. This is like an island Chinon or tropical Mencia.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2012 | Send Email
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We don't yet carry any African wines in our stores, but we do have several wines that could, but for the lingering effects of Spanish colonialism, qualify. I'm referring to the Canary Islands, those lovely volcanic sprouts off the coast of Morocco, where they make wines that are, by both taste and appearance (eerie lunar landscape), out of this world. Ravaged by wind and about as barren as a hairless Chihuahua, these virtually desert islands harbor many rare, ungrafted grape varieties that might make a wine geek forget to spit. Richmond-based importer Jose Pastor must get enormous credit for discovering and going to such great lengths to bring these exotic wines to our shores. I recently tasted the 2009 Fronton De Oro Tintilla Gran Canaria and almost entered a spacetime vortex as the wine aggregated and resonated on my palate, transporting me to an arid spot of volcanic rock where few if any canaries actually perch. The luminous wine tasted of red berries, dried roses, potpourri, tobacco and, um, meteorites (ok, I have yet to lick a meteorite, but think how they must taste, of otherworldly iron and rust)...
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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5