Listán Negro wine grape

Listán Negro
Listán Negro is a pale-skinned, high-acid, aromatic black grape.  Some experts believe it is identical to the now-rare Listán Prieta originally from Castilla-La Mancha in mainland Spain, and therefore also to the Mission grape introduced into central America by Spanish missionaries in the 16th Century to produce communion wine.  Others believe it is a distinct but related variety indigenous to the Canaries.  It produces light- to medium-bodied, red-fruited, peppery wines with moderate alcohol, very fresh acidity and scents of red berries and black pepper.  It’s often made by carbonic maceration (like most Beaujolais) to emphasise its fruitiness and aroma.
Tintilla may also be unique to the Canaries, but is most likely the same variety as Trousseau from France’s Jura region.  This grape is also found in Portugal, where it is known as Bastardo and is one of the minor grapes in the blend for both Port and Dâo.  It produces deep cherry-red wine high in both alcohol and acidity, with red berry flavours and often a savoury, meaty quality to the nose.

Decanting Club wines containing: Listán Negro

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