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Juan Francisco Los Loros Listán Blanco Sobre Lias 2019, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Juan Francisco Los Loros Listán Blanco Sobre Lias 2019, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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100% Listán Blanco

This expressive and textural island white is chock full of orchard fruit and refreshing acidity. Pair it with your favorite seafood or roasted poultry dish.

The Los Loros Sobre Lías cuvée comes from Listan Blanco vines grown on terraces high on the island. The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed and gently pressed after a 24 hour cold maceration. The juice is racked into tank for spontaneous fermentation and aging on lees without malolactic fermentation for 6 months. The finished wine is bottled with a light fining (bentonite) but no filtration, and a tiny dose of SO2. 

Juan Francisco (Juanfra to his friends) is a progressive winemaker on the Canary Island of Tenerife. He studied winemaking there before taking over his father’s vineyards in 1998. Juanfra is located in the town of Arafo at 700-800m in elevation. In addition to the wines he makes around Arafo, he is working on a project to recuperate old and abandoned vineyards high up in an area called Las Dehesas. These vineyards are at 1400m, and only reachable by a special tractor, which is why no one wants to make the effort to harvest grapes from this extremely steep and difficult terrain...Juanfra is alone in his quest to preserve these old vines.

His Los Loros wines are from terraced Valle de Güímar vineyards, a small DO with only 12 wineries located on the Northeast side of Tenerife, ranging from 100 to 1400 meters in elevation up the slope of Las Cañadas del Teide, and includes some of the highest elevation vines in all of Europe. The viticulture is very old-fashioned: the vines grow untrained, the soil is worked by hand, and no chemicals are used. Trade winds coming off the Atlantic help to keep temperatures moderate, rainfall is minimal and sunshine abounds, allowing for moderate alcohol levels while retaining bright acidity. The main challenges to viticulture are winds from the Atlantic and Africa and fluctuations in humidity.
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