2020 Envínate Valle de la Orotava 'Migan' Tinto
Canary Islands, Spain
Envínate (“wine yourself”) is the brainchild of Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente, four friends who met while studying wine making at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante. Their work, both in the vineyard and winery, is currently focused on exploring the ancient, Atlantic-infused terruños of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands, as well as exceptional vineyard plots across the Iberian Peninsula. The Envínate philosophy is simple: let each parcela, or single parcel, fully express itself in the finished wine by utilizing old-fashioned farming and winemaking methods. The results are some of the most exciting wines being produced in Spain today.
100% Listan Negro. This cuvee is sourced from four parcels of 100+ year-old vines, all north facing and trained in the traditional cordon trenzado (braided vines) at 500-850m. The vineyards lie in the Valle de la Orotava in northern Tenerife. Winegrowing here dates to the Spanish conquest in the 15th century, and this is the oldest of 5 appellations on the island. The valley is shaped by the Pico del Teide, the third largest active volcano in the world. The hot maritime climate is moderated by cool, humid trade winds blowing off the coast year round.
The grapes were destemmed and pressed then fermented spontaneously in concrete without temperature control. The wine was racked into 2500L foudres and 350L barrels for malolactic and aging for 11 months. Bottling is without fining or filtration, and only a small addition of sulfur. Migan is an organically-farmed volcanic mountain wine, high-toned and vibrant, with smoky strawberry fruit, white pepper spice and dusty herbs, balanced with fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Only 11500 bottles made.
95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "From four different terroirs in Oratava. Spicy, mineral nose with bright red fruits and some pepper character. Very stylish. The palate is mineral, peppery and fine with juicy cherry and raspberry fruit. Lovely precision, but also some depth."