Suertes del Marques 'Trenzado' 2020
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Wine & Spirits 95
"If this wine is any indication, 2020 is the vintage to stock up on from Suertes del Marques. This is an extraordinary wine, made more compelling by its 26 price. It is a blend of fruit from growers in the Orotava valley, created when the volcanic rock fell away, leaving a steep hillside facing mostly north into the trade winds. Those elements combine in a wine with plenty of volcanic soill reduction, ... read more
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Item ID: #46384
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine & Spirits 95
"If this wine is any indication, 2020 is the vintage to stock up on from Suertes del Marques. This is an extraordinary wine, made more compelling by its 26 price. It is a blend of fruit from growers in the Orotava valley, created when the volcanic rock fell away, leaving a steep hillside facing mostly north into the trade winds. Those elements combine in a wine with plenty of volcanic soill reduction, the most elegant kind of stink, here layered with yellow plum, lime and orange richness. Then the finish is bathed in minerals. Supple now, despite its reduction, this needs years to fully realize its potential."

Wine Advocate 94
"The white 2020 Trenzado was produced with Listn Blanco (and 2% Torronts Volcnico) grapes from six vineyards from local growers in the western part of the valley on poor volcanic soils harvested even earlier than ever (every year seems to be a record!). It fermented in 2,000-, 2,500- and 4,500-liter oak foudres and some 15% used 500-liter oak barrels, where it matured for 10 months. It's lower in alcohol, 12%, and has a low pH of 3.07 and 6.44 grams of acidity. Since 2016, the wine is different from the Vidonia because it's selected by soils; here, all are from the west of the Orotava Valley, closer to Los Realejos, where the soils are poorer and the wines tend to reduction. Putting your nose in the glass is like smelling a volcano, smoky and leesy. The palate is serious, fresh and harmonious, pungent, with tasty, almost salty notes. There is no heat at all in the wine, and the quality is greatthe same as before but with more production. It should develop nicely in bottle. 29,000 bottles were produced, a big jump in volume. It was bottled in August 2021.

Suertes del Marqus continues the style they started in 2016 of earlier harvests, use of full clusters and less extraction for their wines. I tasted the 2019 and 2020 harvests of most wines. 2019 was a heterogeneous vintage in the Valle de la Orotava, with normal yields for Listn Negro but with a shorter crop (around 60%) for Listn Blanco. It was an average year in rain and temperature, and they had a very long harvest, as they started the 20th of August with the La Solana plot and finished the 12th of October with the Listn Blanco from the higher part of La Piera. It was a healthy and balanced harvest, and the wines are quite approachable and easy to drink, more approachable than 2018.

2020 is their earliest harvest ever, as they started the 21st of July, almost one month before the usual dates (also with La Solana), and they finished the 19th of September with the white grapes from the higher parts of the west. It was a little drier and warmer, which made for a shorter cycle, further accelerated by a heat wave in August. In any case, they still consider 2020 one of their finest harvests. The northern part of Taganana, now included in Suertes del Marqus with the range Sortevera, is suffering from hydric stress, and the animals are decimating the crop also. That continued throughout 2021, where they only picked 80% of what they harvested in 2018. They are increasing the production of white, with new growers in the more western part of the Valle de la Orotava providing grapes destined for the Trenzado bottling. They own nine hectares and rent another two in the village of La Orotava and work with 17 hectares from growers in the villages of Los Realejos and La Orotava. Total production is around 150,000 bottles."~Luis Gutierrez

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