2017 Vinatigo Listan Negro, 750ml

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A herbal and ripe red from the Canary Islands. Listan Negro is considered an indigenous variety of the archipelago, though it came from mainland Spain in the 1400s. Though a red grape, it's related to the white Palomino Fino varietal which is used to make sherry wines. Native yeast fermentation, aged 3 months in used American and French oak.

From the mouth of the importer:

"Juan Jesus and Elena work with closely with Sr. Fernando Zamora at Rovira i Virgili university in Tarragona to study, preserve, and vinify imperiled indigenous grape varieties. It has proven to be productive work; thus far they have identified 82 different varieties, notably including Baboso Negro and Vijariego Negro. They recovered those varieties on the island of El Pinar and have since propagated them on Tenerife. Juan Jesus and Elena's mission to promote these near-extinct varieties explains why many of their bottlings are monovarietal and featured prominently on their labels. Many bottlings are extremely limited in their production and hand-numbered.

Viticulture at Viñátigo is sustainability-focused. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented using indigenous yeasts. Grapes go through two triages, first in the fields and then again in the winery. Minimal sulfur is used in the winery and no synthetic materials are used in the winemaking."

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