96 POINTS: Luis Gutierrez; Robert Parker's - The Wine Advocate
80+ year old vines, off Rocky slate, quartzite.
"The 2020 Tuca Negra, which means "red peak" in the Aragón dialect, was produced with Garnacha from a very old and stony vineyard on slate and quartzite soils, different from the previous vintages. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and full clusters that were foot trodden and had a very long maceration of 80 days, then it matured in a Clayver ceramic sphere. The 2017 was a completely different wine, as it matured in barrel and was significantly oaky. This is different from previous vintages and also from the rest of the range because it has a reductive and flinty nose, a little smoky with a core of violets and wild herbs. It's silky and has very refined tannins. Wild and elegant at the same time. Only 300 bottles were filled in September 2021." - Luis Gutierrez; Robert Parker's - The Wine Advocate
Tuca Negra is made from a small 80+-year-old vineyard of head-pruned and dry-farmed Garnacha planted at an elevation of 850 meters above sea level. With stony slate and quartzite soils, an extended maceration of 80-days, and aging in a 250L Clayver ceramic sphere, Tuca Negra isn’t just one of Fernando’s Grand Cru wines but an expression of Garnacha that is revolutionary in Calatayud. Such a wine could only be made through the partnership of Yolanda Diaz and her team at San Alejandro combined with the genius of winemaker Fernando Mora. A scant 350 bottles are produced in an average vintage.