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Pepper notes from the Canary Islands


Wine from the Canary Islands is currently available in Washington, DC, in the form of 2013 Suertes del Marqués, 7 Fuentes, Valle de La Orotava, Tenerife.  It was only last year that I tried this wine in the form of the previous vintage.  You may read about it in my post “Very rare liquors”; Centuries Old Tasting Notes and A New One of Tenerife Wine. This particular bottle was locked down tight for the first few days.  It developed an attractive pepper not but not the exotic spices of the previous vintage.  Perhaps it just needs some quiet time.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Suertes del Marqués, 7 Fuentes, Valle de La Orotava, Tenerife – $20
Imported by Eric Solomon European Cellars Selections.  This wine is a blend of 98% Listan Negra and 2% Tintilla sourced from 10-100 year old vines from three parcels located at 400-650 meters.   The fruit was separately fermented in stainless steel then aged for eight months in concrete and French oak casks.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a medium,  youthful looking cranberry grape.  The nose took about two days to shake off some funk before it finally revealed balsam and pepper.  In the mouth was a fruited start with grapey flavors mixing with pepper.  The flavors were clean, had a cool aspect, and were delivered in a not-quite firm but rather linear manner.  It finished with tart flavors, acidity, and some fine tannins before the tangy aftertaste.  Needs time in the cellar.  ** 2017-2021.

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