2006Tendal2006 Castro y Mogan, Tendal La Palma DO, Tinto Barrica, Tijarafe, Canary Islands, Spain.
A lovely and silky smooth red from the Canary Islands from the first certified organic winery there the 2006 Castro y Mogan Tendal was barrel aged and then held in bottle for 5 years before release. This pretty and lively blend of Listan Negro and Prieto gives pure and rich flavors with texture and spicy complexity showing strawberry, cherry and baked plum notes with dried flowers, red pepper and chalky mineral essences. From the Isle of La Palma this exotic and rare wine is evolved and graceful, but still has loads of vigor and vibrancy to spare. I continue to be fascinated by this wild wines of the Canary Islands and can’t seem to get enough of them, and this wine in particular has seduced me completely and I hope to find more soon, young or aged, white or red and even sparklers from these Islands are intriguing and full of quality, this region is on my personal short list of a visit. This was my first experience with wine from Castro y Mogan and the first of an extended aged wine from these Islands, and I can tell you for sure it will not be the last, this is classy and exciting stuff with tons of character and charm.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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