92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The 2014 La Solana is pure Listán Negro from a single plot of very old vines at 350 to 450 meters altitude on clay and iron soils. The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, trying to preserve the fruit character, and was fermented in cement vats without epoxy with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured for 14 months in neutral 500-liter French oak barrels. The wine had been bottled one week before I tasted it and I found it really closed for business. La Solana tries to express the fruit, as the plot gives fruit-driven wines from slightly deeper soils lower in the slope and with a high content of iron. None of the wines show any oak and the house style is fresh with good acidity, and this showcases it perfectly. The palate is fresh, showing some herbal notes that provide a different touch. It ends dry, a little austere. 9,000 bottles were filled in March 2016.”
90 points Wine Enthusiast
“This Tenerife blend holds Listán Negro and Cordón Trenzado. The nose is a bit green and grassy, like cool-climate Cabernet. In the mouth, the wine is pulling and rugged, with rawness. Herbal, peppery red-fruit flavors feature a pyranzine-based taste of red chili, while the finish shows hard tannins and simmering heat. Drink through 2021.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Importer: The soil here, a layer of clay over volcanic rock, produces probably the most textural, fruit forward of Suertes’ single vineyards wines, although there is still the distinctive mineral impact from the vineyard’s 80-150 years old vines and the pure volcanic soils. The fruit is vatted into small, open concrete tanks for a cold soak before natural fermentation is made in seasoned French oak puncheons. Like all the wines here, La Solana is bottled without filtration. The note below captures the style and quality on offer here, and it is worth noting that this bottling is indicative of the more purer, more mineral style that is now emanating from Suertes’ cellar. This has lovely fleshy preserved plum fruit yet loads of crushed spices and peppery notes. Somehow fleshy and savoury at the same time and with a long powdery close. Delicious.