Juan Francisco Fariña Pérez Los Loros Listán Negro 2019 750 ML (12% ABV)
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Juan Francisco Fariña Peréz (known as JuanFra to his friends) is a progressive winemaker in the Valle de Güímar, a small DO along the eastern coast of Tenerife. This region has some of the highest altitude vines in Europe at over 1,000 meters. JuanFra has been making wine in the area since the early 2000s, and has some of the most respectful views on farming and winemaking in the area.
Los Loros Listán Negro cuvée comes from mostly Listan Negro vines, plus a little Tintilla and Listan Blanco. The wine is foot-trodden whole cluster before being spontaneously fermented and aged in used French oak barrels for several months before being bottled without fining or filtration and only modest amounts of added SO2.
The result is a soulful, high-energy red full of dark berry fruit, hints of smoke and ash, black pepper, and dried herbs and flowers. Great freshness but also deep concentration from 90-year-old vines rooted in black volcanic soils.