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Suertes del Marqués is an artisanal producer founded by Jonatan Garcia Lima with Roberto Santana as winemaker in 2006. It is a little family run cellar that they have firmly set out for quality wine-making by taking care of every single detail in every stage of the process. Every stage is carried out by hand; from the preparation of the land for growing to final harvestings. The using of native yeasts for winemaking is another key in this principle of minimum interference in the process. “Actually this is far from standard-issue Spanish wine. For a start it is not grown on the Spanish mainland but on the Canary island of Tenerife. I keep reading about the remodeling of the Canaries and how many smart restaurants and hip hotels have been springing up there, so it’s good to know there are fine wines to go with them.” (Jancis Robinson) These are some of the most exciting wines I have tasted thus far this year. - Jim Knight
2010 Suertes del Marqués “7 Fuentes” Tinto, Valle de la Orotava (Spain) $19.99
Main variety is Listán Negro coming from several plots: El Barranco, Los Geranios, Las Terrazas and El Refugio, followed by Tintilla from San Antonio and a small percentage of Listán Blanco from El Barranco plot. Every vineyard is harvested separately and so fermented in stainless steel tanks with controlled temperature, with a short fermentation and soft maceration of grape skins. Depending on the vintage, part of the wine makes malolactic fermentation and further aging in small concrete tanks 500 liters volume; meanwhile, the rest remains in french oak casks 500 liters volume. As a result we obtain a fresh wine where the primary aromas of Listán stand out.
2010 Suertes del Marqués “La Solana” Tinto, Valle de la Orotava (Spain) $27.99
Vineyard of 2.5 ha. facing Northeast and located at an altitude between 400 meters (1.312 ft.) and 520 meters (1.706 ft.) above sea level, we find Listán Negro vine stocks from eighty to a hundred and ten years old, grown under the traditional system of “cordón multiple”. Soils are composed of a low stratum settled over volcanic rock. This terroir gives as a result of a wine where fruitiness and minerality finely put together.
2010 Suertes del Marqués “Vidonia” Blanco, Valle de la Orotava (Spain) $39.99
Coming from two plots, El Barranco and El Drago, are located between 350 meters (1.148 ft.) and 500 meters (1.640 ft.) above sea level, with volcanic soils, where coexist different white varieties with more than a century old. From El Barranco plot, comes the Listán Blanco while from El Drago plot, we obtain other local varieties as Gual, Vijariego Blanco and Marmajuelo among others. After a whole cluster pressed, the clean must is racked to neutral french oak cask of 500 liters capacity, where the alcoholic fermentation starts spontaneously by local yeasts. After a downtime over 10 months on its own lees, the wine is bottled.
2011 Suertes del Marqués “El Ciruelo” Tinto, Valle de la Orotava (Spain) $59.99
Mainly Listán Negro with a small percentage of Listán Blanco. Clusters vatted into a concrete cube open after a traditional stepped, alcoholic fermentation starts spontaneously by wild yeasts, reaching temperatures around 30°C. After a maceration period of 28 to 35 days with daily and gently manual pigeage wine is racked to neutral French oak casks of 500 liters capacity, where malolactic fermentation ends. After a year with its own lees and without any racking, the wine is bottled unfiltered.
2011 Suertes del Marqués “Los Pasitos” Tinto, Valle de la Orotava (Spain) $59.99
Clusters of Baboso Negro vatted in 600 liters small tanks, after a traditional stepped starts spontaneously alcoholic fermentation by wild yeasts, reaching temperatures around 28ºC. After a maceration of a period of three weeks with daily and gentle manual pigeage, the wine is racked to a neutral french oak casks of 500 liters, where malolactic fermentation conclude. After 13 months with its own lees and without any racking, the wine is bottled unfiltered directly from the cask.