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La Solana by Suertes de Marques 2015

La Solana

by Suertes de Marques 2015

Producer : Suertes del Marqués

Region : Spain (Spain), Tenerife (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The first of the single-vineyard reds is the 2015 La Solana. They only do single-vineyard bottlings of their own vineyards, and this is a plot that was planted with Listán Negro some 100 years ago, pruned following the cordón trenzado system, facing east and located at 350 and 450 meters altitude. It fermented at controlled temperature in concrete with 20% full clusters and natural yeasts. It aged in used 500-liter oak barrels for ten months. There are some meaty notes intermixed with the telltale freshly cracked peppercorns, dried flowers and wet pumice stone aromas of the Listán grown on volcanic soils. I think the 2015 represent a jump in quality over the previous vintages. The palate is vibrant and fresh, very tasty with fine tannins. There is a meaty character here that makes me think of a Syrah, and I think it could come from the iron in the soil here. 8,100 bottles were filled in January 2017."

93 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Dec 2017

93 points / Best Buy - Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 93
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Suertes del Marqués
Region Spain (Spain), Tenerife (Spain)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Listán Negro
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $419.40

The Producer

Suertes del Marqués

Suertes del Marqués operates as a family-run winery, crafting wines since 2006. However, their roots as vintners extend back two decades earlier, when they cultivated and sold grapes to other wineries in the Valle de La Orotava appellation.

Situated in the northern reaches of Tenerife on the Valle de La Orotava, the winery stands within the eponymous valley.

While honouring tradition remains integral to their winemaking ethos, Suertes del Marqués minimizes artificial intervention in their wine production. They prioritize working with indigenous yeasts, refrain from excessive manipulation such as racking, and limit sulphur usage.

Every aspect of cellar operations, from tending to the vines to harvesting, is executed by hand. They eschew systemic treatments in the vineyard, opting for natural remedies if vine diseases arise.

Within the cellar, fermentation occurs in unlined concrete tanks of varying sizes, followed by refinement for certain plots. Ageing takes place in French oak foudres of 500-liter capacity and larger sizes ranging from 2000 to 4500 liters. These vessels are viewed solely as tools for the refinement process, rather than imparting flavour nuances.

Additionally, stainless steel tanks of diverse volumes enable blending of different plot wines for their Village Wines and various casks for single vineyard wines before bottling.

Since 2006, this intimate family enterprise has championed native grape varieties and traditional vine training methods. They exclusively collaborate with growers from the Valle de La Orotava to preserve a viticultural and winemaking legacy spanning five centuries.

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