Bodega Tajinaste Canary Islands Traditional Listan Negro 2019
Dark cherry hue, fresh and clean. A young, soft wine that pairs well with light meats, dry cheeses and charcuterie.
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.
Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.