Wine from La Palma
Juan Jesús Pérez Adrián is a small winery from La Palma, Spain. La Palma is the fifth largest island of the Canary Island archipelago with just around 90.000 inhabitants and just like the other Canary Islands, La Palma is a volcanic ocean island. This volcanic soil makes wine from La Palma quite unique. Similar wines can be found around the surrounding area of the Etna, an active volcano on Sicily. The climate on La Palma is sub-tropical.
Due to the islands small size, wine production is limited and most wine is sold locally. The majority of red wine from La Palma is manufactured from Negramoll, Tintilla (Grenache) and Bastardo Negro grapes whereas Malvasia and Verdello are among the most planted white grapes. In 1994, La Palma acquired its own DO (Denominación de Origen) with a surface of around 730 hectares.
Enough background information. Let’s get to today’s wine review. Unfortunately, I am not sure what the name of this wine is. It seems to be impossible to tell. All I know is that it is produced by Juan Jesús Pérez Adrián and that the wine is classified as La Palma DO. The wine was only bottled 998 times. My bottle was #529.
In the glass, the wine had a bright ruby red color. The nose was quite unique. I only remember a similar bouquet from a few Etna Rosso DOC. Intense aromas of Lava stone, a bit of earth and hints of red fruit. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 13.5%
On the palate, the wine was dry with a subtle fruit touch. Medium-bodied, earthy and well-balanced. The wine has a lingering finish.
I wish that there was more information on this wine available. For example I would love to know out of what grapes it is produced. The wine was a gift and I have to say I very much enjoyed this wine from Juan Jesús Pérez Adrián. It reminds me of Girolamo Russo’s A Rina – Etna Rosso DOC. Wine from La Palma is definitively worth a try! What a pity that Wine Searcher does not find a retailer for it. If someone can tell me the name of this wine then I would very much appreciate it.