Dolores Cabrera Fernández, Valle de la Orotava La Araucaria Rosado 2020
Canary Islands, Spain
From the importer-
Dolores Cabrera is a passionate farmer. She is actively trying to get all other farmers in La Orotava to convert to organic farming and is evangelical in her crusade. She has a small organic vegetable garden adjacent to the winery, where she often picks lunch right out of the ground. There might be grilled calabacin (squash), salt boiled papas (potatoes), or grilled piña (corn), served before the main course of a gorgeous whole fish that was caught that morning just off the coast, or savory goat stew (the main livestock on the island). There will be a variety of mojos, typical Canarian pepper sauces, mixed with herbs from her garden. When sitting with Dolores over a meal like this, it is easy to see why the ancient Greeks found a mythical happiness in a place like Tenerife. It is also easy to believe that an ideal afterlife, if it exists, looks a little something like this.
La Araucaria Rosado is made from centenarian Listan Negro vines from two vineyards, Montijo and Hacienda Perdida. Both vineyards are in the Valle de La Orotava and are in the unique cordón trenzado (“braided cord”) style. The grapes are skin macerated for 12 hours, and the wine is aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine is bottled with light fining and filtration, and a minimal amount of SO2.