Suertes del Marques La Solana 2018

$28.00

750ml

94 pts. Wine Advocate

12 in stock

SKU: 1268090201800750 Categories: , , , ,

Description

100% Listan Negro. The Canary Islands, located off the coast of Morocco, but technically a part of Spain, form a backdrop for some of the most unlikely yet wondrous vineyards for producing fine wines in the entire world. In a valley facing North and Northeast on the cooler, ocean-influenced North-facing part of the Island is the Valle de la Orotava DO home to the vineyards of Suertes Del Marques.  The vineyards are on very steep hillsides rising up from the sea, between 400 and 700 meters elevation. This part of the island is often 15-20 degrees cooler than the much hotter and sunnier south side of the island. Visiting the vineyards of Suertes del Marques is like going back in time.  The area is Phylloxera free and so the vines are pie franco (own-rooted) and extremely old, with some potentially over 200 years!  Many of the vines are trained using a unique method to this area called Cordon Trenzado where the vines spread out in long braids of wood, some up to 15-20 feet from the mother trunk! Given the extremely special nature of what Suertes del Marques possesses, proprietor Jonatan Garcia Lima works all his vineyards organically and all by hand and with the utmost care and respect for nature and history. And from these amazing and unique vineyards, he endeavors to make fresh, tensile, and mineral-driven wines that showcase the volcanic soils and the native varieties. To achieve the utmost purity and refinement to the wines, all work in the cellar is done with a minimum of interference. This includes all indigenous yeast fermentations, the use of neutral large oak barrels with minimal racking, and added sulfur during the élévage. He also is a believer in using a decent percentage of whole clusters in fermentation for these native varietals. La Solana is a 1.5 hectare plot of Listan Negro. The vines range in age from 80 to 150 years old and ungrafted. Wild fermentation happens in concrete with 50% whole cluster. Afterward, the wine ages for 11 months in neutral French oak foudres. This is a special winery that you should not miss. 

Tasting Notes
The single-vineyard Listán Negro 2018 La Solana was produced with the grapes of a centenary plot that tends to achieve high ripeness. It fermented with 50% full clusters and indigenous yeasts in concrete vats and matured in second-use 4,500-liter oak foudre and used 500-liter barriques for 10 months. This has a more reductive style, flinty and a bit ashy, but the palate is incredibly elegant and balanced, and feels like it's going to age nicely. It has to be the finest vintage for La Solana.
- Luis Gutierrez

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Vintage

2018

Producer

Suertes del Marques

Country

Spain

Area

Canary Islands

Region

Valle de la Orotava

Varietal

Listan Negro

Style

Red