Layered Listán Blanco - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Layered Listán Blanco

Vines pruned to “trenzado” or braided technique unique to Orotava Valley. (Photo by Clay McLachlan, Instagram: @the_accidental_italian)

If this wine is any indication, 2020 is the vintage to stock up on from Suertes del Marqués. This is an extraordinary Listán Blanco, made more compelling by its $26 price. Jonatan García Lima, who tends the ancient vines at his family’s estate, blends this wine using fruit from nearby growers in Tenerife’s Orotava Valley, a depression at the foot of the Pico del Teide created when the volcanic rock fell away, leaving a steep hillside facing mostly north into the trade winds. Those elements of the local environment combine in a wine with plenty of volcanic soil reduction, the most elegant kind of stink, here layered with yellow plum, lime and orange richness. Then the finish is bathed in minerals. Supple now, despite its reduction, this needs years to fully realize its potential. 

Polaner Selections, Mt. Kisco, NY


Suertes del Marqués 2020 Valle de la Orotava Trenzado Listán Blanco

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