2011 Suertes del Marqués "7 Fuentes" Valle de Orotava (Tenerife) (Elsewhere $22+)

SKU #1145054 92 points 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.  (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (3/2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2013 | Send Email
I am a novice when it comes to the wines of the Canary Islands, but the 7 Fuentes has really piqued my interest and curiosity. This has been one of the most exciting wines I have tasted in the sub-$20 category all year! Aromatically it jumps from the glass with notes of bright red fruit, white pepper and roses. Texturally, it possesses a lovely softness and underlying sweetness of fruit. This wine maintains a lightness in body throughout, and finishes with an intriguing saline component which lends overall freshness and complexity. Unique in character, this is an incredibly delicious and versatile food wine that will make repeat appearances at our dinner table.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2013 | Send Email
The "7 Fuentes" is an exotic red wine. Beautiful perfume of lilac, violets and spice box permeate the red cherry and raspberry fruit. More medium bodied and fine on the palate, this could be that Holiday wine that impresses all your friends and relatives.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2013 | Send Email
I would be hard pressed to find a Thanksgiving wine as unconventional, as novel, as surprisingly delicious, and yet as suitable at table as the Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes. Aromas are spicy and floral, with white pepper and complex exotic spices - intriguing yet not so strong that they overpower the beautiful fruit. On the palate, the crisp fruits combine with the aforementioned spicy, floral, spiciness, for a fresh, refreshing mouthful of red wine that I'm predicting will work wonders with the traditional Thanksgiving spread. Light, bright, and quaffable at an honest 13.5% ABV. Canary red for Thanksgiving it is!

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