Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Fronton de Oro “Tinto Tradicion” Gran Canaria, Spanish Red (Canary Islands)
This very interesting and spicy red from a high elevation vineyard on Gran Canaria is made up of the local varietals Tintilla and Listan Negro. Like Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica the Canary Islands are being discovered and the wines are turning heads around the world, with old timers and a new generation of young winemakers making some beautiful wines. If you like vibrant and peppery reds, you’ll love this wine, it shows baked cherry, plum and strawberry fruits with a huge dose of cayenne pepper making for a savory wine that has the feel and texture of a Pinot Noir. Hints of slate, mineral and lavender add to the mix and the finish is bright with touch of candied citrus rind and fresh cracked pepper. With question this is a wine geeks exotic red, but it is really fun and stylish too.
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($16.95)