Victoria Torres Pecis - Solera Listan Blanco 2013
(La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain)
A completely one-off experiment, an absolutely triumphant wine. A barrel was filled with Listan Blanco during the 2013 vintage, and was topped up every year not with fermenting juice but with finished wine from 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The result is mildly oxidative, non-fortified (13% abv) but potent golden coloured wine that screams of where it comes from. Supercharged salinity, a nutty finish that goes on and on. Only 660 bottles made.
Victoria Torres is one of the very few growers still producing wine on La Palma. The work is painstaking and the yields are minuscule, but the results are more than worth the effort. She makes wines that have it all - a strong sense of place, intense complexity, buckets of energy, and that little extra 'magic' that you can't learn or replicate.