Bodega Tajinaste Canary Islands Traditional Listan Negro 2015
The bodega was started by Agustín’s grandfather. They own 3 hectares and rent 9 hectares w/ 25-year contracts with their neighbors. They buy grapes from another 16 hectares worth of vineyards, so the total under management is 28 hectares. The bodega is named for the beautiful flower that grows on Tenerife, depicted on the labels.
Having trained in Bordeaux, Agustín is a precise winemaker. His oldest vines were planted in 1914. He vinifies each parcel separately, which has allowed him to get to know the true character of each vineyard such that he can masterfully blend extremely consistent and beguiling wines year after year.
Set of islands off the coast of Morocco and south of Madeira that host a wide range of indigenous and unique grape varieties. Soils are volcanic and recent subsidies from the local government has led to a revival of the islands’ old vines.
Planted as the first vitis vinifera wine grape in the U.S., País has a long significant history in the Americas. Originally from Spain, where the grape is known as Listán Prieto, it was brought by Spanish colonists to Mexico in 1540 and, later, during the late 1700s, to Mission San Diego in California where it would take on another new name, Mission. Propagated for its use as a sacramental wine, Mission remained important in California until the spread of phylloxera in the 1880s. Somm Secret—In Chile it is called Pais. In Argentina, Pais is known as Criolla Chica.