2012 Suertes del Marques "El Ciruelo" Valle de la Orotava

SKU #1197524 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 El Ciruelo, from a single vineyard planted with Listán Negro grapes, 0.9 hectares of old ungrafted vines. The full-clusters were foot trodden and fermented in open cement vats with indigenous yeasts where it remained macerating for 40 days. The wine and the lees were transferred to 500-liter French oak barrels where they matured for 11 months without racking. It feels riper and more restrained than the 2013, which is explosive. This wine has more organic notes of peat and graphite intermixed with the volcanic rocks, blueberries and plums that slowly develop the dried-flower aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and juicy with the fruit in the foreground and the minerals in the background. (LG)  (2/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Exotic, mineral-tinged red berry and floral scents take a darker turn with air, picking up licorice and cherry pit nuances. Penetrating bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and a suggestion of Asian spices. Finishes with excellent clarity and precision, leaving floral and mineral notes behind. These vines are approximately 80 years old. (JR)  (9/2013)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
This is produced from a single parcel, at the property's highest elevations (around 500 meters), and features only the oldest vines of Listan. Compared to the "7 Fuentes" bottling, this wine has richer, darker-berried fruits, with more intensity if less of the spicy/floral intrigue. Either way, it's delicious and one of the single tastiest, most purely fruited Spanish reds I've tried recently, Canaries or otherwise!

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Spain

- 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