Also recommended: 2006 Tajinaste Tradicional Valle de la Orotava (86). (Vinos & Gourmet, Richmond, CA)

2006 Bodegas Tajinaste Blanco Seco Valle de la Orotava

($18) Bright straw. Vibrant citrus and mineral aromas are given depth by riper pear and peach qualities. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors are precise and concentrated, picking up a light toasted nut flavor on the back end. Finishes with good persistence. Drink this young.


2006 Bodegas Tajinaste 4 Mesas en Barrica Valle de la Orotava

($29) Dark ruby. Pepper- and mineral-accented cherry and tobacco aromas reminded me of a Loire cabernet franc. Spicy, focused and chewy, with deep redcurrant and cherry flavors and a musky licorice accent. Serious, structured wine, with solid tannins building on the finish. This became sweeter with air, taking a turn toward raspberry. I'd bet on it loosening up with another year or two in the cellar.

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