The Santos Brujos Estate:
- Santos Brujos is one of the few wineries in the region that has taken the steps to become certified organic and biodynamic. Certified by the CCOF, USDA and Demeter, they perhaps more dedicated to this approach than anyone else we have seen thus far. Even the name "Santos Brujos", which translates to "Saintly Witches" makes reference to the practice prescribed by Rudolf Steiner, (the founder of Biodynamic farming) by which the amendments to the soil and plants are prepared and stirred at length by hand.
- All wines come from estate vineyards that are organically and biodynamically farmed.
- All of the wines are made in a 'natural' style with native yeast fermentation, no additives, and have very minimal sulfites added at bottling for stability.
Total production: 5 wines, 2,000 cases
2016 Ananda - Santos Brujos
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A stunning wine of absolute world-class quality. This is Santos Brujos ultra premium project made from individually selected grapes that represent the best of the best from the vintage. A 1,000 liter cuvee that amounts to 990 bottles, this is one the best efforts Mexico has to offer.
A stunning nose of rich dark fruits and a kiss of vanilla leads to a full bodied wine that combines strength and elegance in a way which few wines are capable. The finish unfolds and evolves for more than a minute.
A youngster now that has everything it needs to age well, this wine sets the high bar for a Mexican red wine of any sort.
82 cases made
Drinking window: Now (1 hr decant) - 25 years
Luis Pecina Garcia - Spanish born, lives in Mexico
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards, located in the center of the valley approximately 10 miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 950 ft. Soils are a sandy clay marl.
Extended maceration of 3 days then fermented on native yeasts in French oak barrels, racked and aged in new French oak of the absolute highest quality for 12 months . Bottled unfiltered.
Sulfites: 13 ppm