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
2017 Tempranillo - Santos Brujos
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Voluptuous, silky, and seductive this vintage has a finesse right out of the gate that the previous vintages have taken some time to arrive at. Part of this is refinement of technique on the part of winemaker Pecina and his small team, and part of it is the winery honing their whole operation progressively as the move forward. What’s clear is that Santos Brujos is very far from having found the limits of what they can do and this vintage advances the cause significantly.
1,200 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release (30 min) - 20 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.
Wine is fermented on native yeasts in French oak barrels, racked and aged in new French oak for 12 months. Bottled unfiltered.
Sulfites: 13 ppm