2011 Suertes del Marqués "7 Fuentes" Valle de Orotava (Tenerife) (Elsewhere $22+)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 7 Fuentes is produced from different plots planted with 90% Listan Negro and 10% Tintilla (Trousseau) some averaging 100 years of age. It's a blend of over 20 different wines, all fermented in cement, where only 40% of the wine is aged in used 500-liter oak barrels. They talk about this as their village wine. The wine has a very flowery nose, showing violets and rose petals, a touch of spices (white pepper), and red fruits: raspberries, strawberries and sour cherries. The palate shows great fruit and a tasty, almost salty, finish. This wine for thirst is a superb value and a perfect introduction to what the new wines from the Canary Islands could potentially be.
Century-old and younger, ungrafted vines of which 90% are Listan Negro,, the red wine grape indigenous to the Canary Islands, and 10% Tintilla. Most was aged for a year in concrete tanks with 10% aged for the same period in 500-litre French oak. Pale red. Fruity, peppery fruit and quite light with some of the island's volcanic soils showing through. Very appealing, round and early-maturing. Transparent fruit and a satisfying finish. A grainy quality - or am I thinking of the famous black sands of Tenerife? Long. *Good Value* Drink 2013-2015.
Produced from a blend of primarily Listan Negro and a touch of Tintilla, this wine is fermented and aged in the currently very fashionable combo of concrete as well as 500 liter barrels. This Canary island red wine shows delicious fruit for early consumption, as well as sufficient weight, structure and balance to improve over the next 4-5 years. Subtly savory dark cherry fruits on the palate show very good intensity as well as drinkability. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)