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Not For the Birds - Canary Island Wine

What's this?

 

source: appellationnyc.com

source: appellationnyc.com

It's a vineyard.  And no, it's not on Mars, it's on the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, a small region that has been producing some rather remarkable wines, especially considering the terroir. The islands were born due to volcano eruptions and the soil, needless to say, is volcanic, with good drainage of the already minimal rainfall.   

Want to see a vine close up? You know you do:

source: sfgate.com

source: sfgate.com

The winds blow mighty strong in this area, so the vines are grown in the round circular pits.  As you can imagine, harvest is not going to be machinated so everything is cultivated by hand.  High labor + low yields = rare wines.  Are they worth it?

 Absolutely.  I tried the Los Beremejos, Diego Seco, Canary Islands, 2012 recently at Black Crescent on the Lower East Side. As expected, it was super-chalky and ashy on the nose.  Unexpectedly, though, there was a very slight hint of cream as well, which makes me wonder if it went through malolactic fermentation. It wore off fast, though, so the sensation could have been attributed to something from the kitchen.  Drinking through it, the chalky ashiness created an interesting sensation on my palate and comingled with the intense citrus fruits.  It was medium-bodied, highly acidic, and all around delicious. 

The bottle is pretty great, too, no?  

 

 

source: wine-tracker.com

source: wine-tracker.com

Keep tasting, friends...