2011 Tajinaste, Tinto Tradicional, red Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
The 2011 Tajinaste Tinto is all Listan Negro, one of the most used native grapes on the Canaries, and it shows nice upfront red fruits, spices and savory mineral and saline notes making it a bright, medium weight red that goes great with lighter fare and seafood, though it is nice with goat and or hard cheeses as well. This is a fresh red with strawberry, pomegranate, cherry and tangy plum fruits backed up with plenty of acidity, red pepper spices and salty minerals. Tajinaste is a quality producer that is very reliable and a good way to start your experience with the Canary Island wines, their Listan Blanco white is also a super charming wine to look for with plenty to enjoy, but this Tinto is really fun wine and I can recommend it for those seeking out unique and natural wine from an up and coming region.
($25 Est.) 91+ Points, grapelive

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