2019 Ignios Vijariego Negro (red) 94+WA
Canary Islands, Spain
$64.99 SALE 4+ Mix & Match (code: 4saves5)
"much like crossing Listán Negro with a fine red Burgundy."
Grape: Vijariego Negro 100%
Soils: This special red comes from a revived vineyard at 780m altitude in the shadow of Mount Teide on Tenerife - Borja thinks that in the long term, this vineyard has the ability to make his greatest wine!
Winemaking: Aged in large neutral foudre to retain the fruit and site intact without the interference of wood
94+ pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Gutierrez)
My favorite red is usually the Vijariego Negro the grape known as Sumoll in Cataluña that was cultivated in Jerez from where it probably travelled to the Canary Islands. The 2019 Ignios Orígenes Vijariego Negro comes from the same vineyard that has been used since 2013 a vineyard planted in 2006 on sandy soils. 2019 was a challenging year here with lots of mildew and low yields. It fermented destemmed in stainless steel and matured in used and neutral 500-liter oak barrels with lees. It's only 12% alcohol and has a low pH (3.27) with notable acidity. It has a spectacular nose with notes of flowers and herbs intermixed with ground basalt and wet pumice stone. It's very tasty and has very fine slightly earthy tannins that make it beautifully textured. 1350 bottles were filled in January 2021.