A large blend of white grapes, many hailing originally from Madeira and Portugal: Gual, Albillo Criollo, Marmajuelo, Malvasia, Forastera, Verdelho and others. From vines in Taganan along the far northeastern coast of Tenerife, where the soils are volcanic with sand and basalt. The untrained vines range from 60 to 200 years old are planted from the side of the ocean up to 300m above sea level. Grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed, and then fermented with indigenous yeasts in open-top vats (plastic and concrete), with aging in barrels. Apparently this 2021 vintage of Taganan Blanco did not go through malolactic fermentation, but it's by no means sharp or lacking in depth. I noted a lovely density to the wine, with a hint of reduction and butter on the nose, pleasant stone fruit palate, along with salinity and notes of mint. This wine seems to be as ready to drink now as it is to age. It's your call! -EL
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