7 Fuentes 2019
9.93₣ (Exc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Switzerland
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This red is a village wine from La Orotava. The 2019 7 Fuentes was produced with Listán Negro grapes with some 10% Castellana Negra from up to 25 different vineyards, mostly from the center and east of the valley where the grapes are mostly red, with vines ranging between 10 and 200 years old at altitudes of 300 to 700 meters on different soils, all volcanic but with more or less clay, silt and sand. It fermented with some 10% full clusters in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured for six months, 60% in concrete and 40% of the volume in used 500-liter oak barrels, then blended and kept in stainless steel for a further five months. It has moderate alcohol, 12.6%, and mellow acidity. It showcases the minerality of the Orotava reds, with telltale aromas of volcanic ash, black peppercorns and dry roses. It has complexity that goes beyond an entry-level red. This is a wine that overdelivers for the price asked, and it is highly recommended. To buy by the case. 42,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in May 2021; there are five different 6,300-liter lots from the same blend.
7 Fuentes is the largest production wine at the Suertes del Marqués winery. It is a wine characterised by its complexity, coming from at least 35 plots with vines that are between 10 and 180 years old.
It is made from two varietals, Listán negro grown in Cordón Trenzado and Tintilla from the Bocanegra plot in the Espaldera system.
Like all the wines of this winery, the 7 Fuentes begins its elaboration with the harvesting process which is carried out manually in boxes of 16 kilograms.
For the vinification process, at least 90% of the fruit is destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. This process is carried out in concrete vats without temperature control.
The wine is aged for approximately 11 months, with 60% of the fruit being placed in concrete and the rest in used barrels. After this process, the wine is blended and then aged for 6 months in steel vats.
As this wine comes from several vineyards that are between 10 and 200 years old, which are also located at altitudes ranging between 300 and 700 metres above sea level, it is usually classified as an "ultra volcanic" wine, i.e. with a smoky nuance.
It has aunique and rare aroma where the woody flavour does not predominate, but you can taste the likely acidity of crisp, ripe fruit. The silkiness also characterises it, and you can taste a particularly fine flesh.
A complex and profound wine that brings freshness to the palate.
Undoubtedly, this is a wine with complexity that brings a hint of freshness on the palate, which in turn becomes harmonious and elegant. It is ideal for pairing with red and white meats and desserts that include fruit and chocolate.
The 7 Fuentes is definitely an invitation to taste freshness and elegance.
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