APPELATION: DO Tenerife
WINEMAKER: Agustín García Farrais
VARIETALS: 90% Listan Blanco/ 10% Albillo Criollo
ABOUT THE WINE: Named for the beautiful flower that grows on Tenerife (which is also depicted on the labels), Tajinaste is run by the indefatigable Agustín García Farrais. He works alongside his parents, Cecila (“Chilla”) and Agustín Snr., who are both sevety years old going on thirty. The bodega was started by Agustín’s grandfather. They own three hectares, and the oldest vines were planted in 1914. In addition, they rent nine hectares with twenty-five-year contracts with their neighbors and buy grapes from another sixteen hectares worth of vineyards, so the total under management is twenty-eight hectares.
TASTING NOTES: The nose is charming and easy-going, evocative of tropical fruits. The palate turns citrusy thanks to the addition of the Albillo Crillo. The finish is creamy and round, with a mineral edge that calls for the next sip.