Puro Rofe - Tinto 2019
Region: Lanzarote / Canary Islands
Grapes: Listan Negro
The red from 2018 was a revelation, as we all had the whites from Lanzarote in mind. So I had high expectations for the 2019 Rofe Tinto, pure Listan Negro from different parts of Lanzarote (Tinajo, La Geria, Masdache, etc). It was produced in a simple and approachable way, fermented with 10% full clusters in plastic bins and used barriques and matured in clay tinaja (amphora) and used 500 litre oak barrels for six months. This was a big surprise right from the beginning, as nobody associates Lanzarote with red wine. It has the herbal and peppery sensations intermixed with smoky and stony undertones, with the volcanic ash sensation coming strong on the palate as well, where there's also a saline touch. It feels a little rounder than the 2018. Think of a volcanic and salty Cabernet Franc for an idea of what you're going to get... 2,500 bottles produced. 93 points - Luis Gutierrez. The Wine Advocate Issue 250.