2014 Suertes del Marqués "7 Fuentes" Valle de Orotava (Tenerife)
This shows asphalt-like aromas with some red fruit to boot. White pepper, too. Cool wine on the palate with spice and subtle berry flavors brought to the fore with high acidity. A blend of vijariego negro, tintilla, baboso negro listran negro (mission) and malvasia rosada. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The regular 2014 7 Fuentes is a village blend of some 35 separate plots, situated from 300 to 700 meters altitude on a diversity of volcanic soils and expositions; the wine wants to represent the Orotava. 2014 was an easy, healthy harvest without rains or excessive mist (panza de burro). This is mostly Listán Negro with some 10% Tintilla fermented in cement or small 700-liter open vats, some destemmed, some with full clusters, but always with the indigenous yeasts. Forty percent of the volume matured in well-seasoned, 500-liter French oak barrels and the rest was kept in concrete, and blended before bottling. They have managed to avoid the reductive profile of some of the previous vintages (mainly 2013). The nose is dominated by spicy aromas and notions of wet pumice, very mineral/volcanic, with hints of flowers and some wild berries. I think Listán Negro is a grape that transmits with great transparency the character of the volcanic soils. The palate is fresh and with good acidity. It's a very fresh and balanced vintage of 7 Fuentes. This is always a great value and perfect as an introduction to the wines of Tenerife and Suertes del Marqués. This is one to buy by the case. 50,000 bottles produced and bottled in six homogeneous lots at different points in time. (LG)
(aged in a combination of concrete vats and used French oak barrels for eight months): Vivid ruby. The pungent nose is redolent of smoke-accented dark berries, candied violet and a hint of lively white pepper. Vibrant, sappy blackberry and cassis flavors develop and take on weight in the glass. Energetic and focused on the finish, with lingering suave floral and dark berry liqueur. (JR)