Dominguez Cuarta Generación is a family owned bodega in northern Tenerife producing wines of exceptional quality. Their wines are produced from varieties native to the island and only from grapes which they have grown (most producers in the area purchase from numerous growers).
Tenerife is off the coast of Morocco and the climate is warm and often humid, but don't expect these to be over-ripe, fruit bombs -they are mineral, earthy, balanced wines, capable of aging. Winds typically come from the north and the volcanic soils impart a distinct, dark, smoky, mineral character.
Dominguez “Clasico” 2017
60% Listan Negro/30% Negramoll/5% Tintilla/5% Listan Blanco (Palomino) from the Tacoronte and El Sauzal districts of the DO. Organic in practice. As phylloxera has never reached the islands, all plantings are pie franco (own rooted).
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation in separate lots by grape variety and parcel (although the Listan Blanco is co-fermented to provide structure). Aged 4-6 months in used French, Central European, and American barrels.
Production: 1,600 cases
Dominguez Antología 2012
40% Negramoll, 30% Castellana, 20% Baboso Negro, and 10% Verdello produced only in years where varieties have matured exceptionally. Organic in practice. As phylloxera has never reached the islands, all plantings are pie franco (own rooted).
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation with the Negramoll fermented separately, while the Castellana, Baboso Negro, and Verdello were macerated and fermented together for 25 days at a temperature of 28C. Subsequently the wine remained for 12 months in oak barrels of 500L, where it made the malolactic fermentation. The wines are blended 2 weeks before bottling.
Production: 103 cases
RP91 - Dominguez “Clasico” 2018
Reviewed by: Luis Gutiérrez
Issue Date: August 31, 2020
The 2018 Tinto, which they call their "Tradicional," was produced with 60% Listán Negro, 30% Negramoll and 5% each Tintilla and Listán Blanco that fermented separately in stainless steel and then was blended and transferred to American and Central European oak barrels for an élevage of six months. There are some notes of pepper, dry roses and wet stone, with the fine tannins and the overall volcanic sensations I'm looking for in these reds. It's balanced, tasty and dry, approachable but serious, with good freshness, reflecting the conditions of the year. 14,702 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. Drink 2020-2023.