The blend of grapes that composes El Lance 7 Fuentes changes every year, depending on the specific characteristics of each particular vintage.
The 2016 vintage of this Spanish red wine from the Canary Islands is made from a blend of several indigenous grapes.
The vines are 60 to over 100 years old, and they are located at altitudes between 300 and 650 metres above sea level. They grow in purely volcanic soils located in the region of Valle de la Orotava, a factor that brings an exceptional character to the wine.
The grapes of this wine by Suertes del Marqués were separately harvested and vinified in little concrete vats and open cubes.
Then the wine was transferred into 500-litre oak vats, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 9 months on its lees.
Finally, Suertes del Marqués El Lance 2016 was blended, and bottled unfiltered.
Decant a minimum of 30 minutes before drinking.
The red wine Suertes del Marqués El Lance has a medium-high cherry-coloured robe with a bluish rim.
This red wine from Tenerife is very original. Well-defined fruit aromas, extremely pure and seductive, alongside notes of aromatic herbs, toast and spices. Most interestingly, this wine by Suertes del Marqués has an ever-present, very original mineral background reminiscent of pumice stone.
Again, wonderfully original, crisp and fresh. Deep mineral nuances and a fascinating overall profile, derived from the blend of Listán Negro and other native varieties. There are also remembrances of red fruit, combined with aromatic herbs, vegetables and balsam. Excellent acidity and a long, mineral finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Complex and elegant, Suertes del Marqués El Lance 2016 will surprise even the most blasé drinkers.
Suertes del Marqués El Lance 2015:
Peñín 91. Enterwine 92.
Suertes del Marqués El Lance 2014:
Suertes del Marqués El Lance 2012;
Varietal Listán Negro. Parker 91, Peñín 91.
|D.O.||Valle de la Orotava|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||9|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Listán Negro, Vijariego, Tintilla, Baboso, Malvasía Rosada|
|Pairings||Bull meat, Cold meats, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted pork, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Specialty plates, Steak Tartare, Stews, Vegetables, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Barbecue, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner|
The Canary Islands are the next Xanadu of fine wines. There are many proofs. This is one.
This wine made me think of an Etna Rosso from Sicily. Very mineral, it is a breath of fresh air after so many mass-produced wines.