2013 Suertes del Marques El Ciruelo Vinas Viejas, Valle de la Orotava (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Valle de la Orotava
Grape Varietal: Listan Negro
Review Score: 94WA, 93V

2 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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The 2013 El Ciruelo is named after a plum tree planted in the vineyard where the grapes are grown, a 0.9-hectare plot of old, ungrafted Listán Negro grapes that were fermented with the stems in cement vats after being foot trodden. The wine aged in 500-liter French oak barrels for 11 months in contact with the lees without racking. This 2013 feels very much like 2011, a fresh vintage with an explosive nose of gunpowder, pumice and flint intermixed with dried roses and white pepper; it is extremely mineral, floral and spicy with really showy, clean and harmonious aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, extremely tasty, very intense and structured by good acidity, refined tannins and a long, fresh finish. It's mineral as hell; the essence of Tenerife. Bravo! At this quality level, the price is very good. 3,000 bottles were produced.

94 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 217 - Feb 2015)

Brilliant ruby. The highly perfumed nose evokes fresh dark berries, spicecake and pungent flowers, accented by a minerally nuance. Round, fleshy and sweet on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering concentrated blueberry, cherry compote and star anise flavors, along with an exotic touch of blood orange that adds back-end cut. Finishes with superb clarity and lift, the mineral and floral notes echoing strongly. This sexy wine was aged 500-liter French oak barrels for 11 months.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Sep 2015)