The Vinos Melchum Estate
- Established in 2008, Gaby Melchum and Daniel Sanchez have created a multi-dimensional project with not only estate-grown wines, but also one of the best restaurants and hotels in the region.
- Their estate vineyards are located adjacent to their winery on a northwest facing slope near the valley's end at 1,100ft elevation. Their 4 monovarietals, are small batch wines that originate from their organically farmed vineyards.
- The Syrah and Grenache that make up their delicious ros̩é are sourced from the prestigious vineyards of Joe Malagon in the ejido of Francisco Zarco in Valle de Guadalupe. Lower lying (900 ft) with a soil profile containing a higher percentage of sand than clay, Malagon's vineyards are known to produce grapes with a good backbone of acidity, lighter skins, and brighter fruit flavors.
Total production: 7 wines, 2,000 cases
2018 Caporal - Vinos Melchum
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Vinos Melchum’s entry-level blend ‘El Caporal” delivers a level of seriousness that sets stage for what you can expect from this estate. An uncommon blend of Nebbiolo, Merlot, and Tempranillo, finds a balance in the glass that is surprising given the typical presentation of these three varietals. Vivacious dark berry notes coming from the Nebbiolo share space in the nose with smooth and bright highlights of strawberries and plum skin coming from the Merlot and high register veins of cherry and crushed herbs coming from the Tempranillo. In the mouth the wine is generous, withholding nothing and filling the mouth with a constellation of dark purple berries, bright red fruits and persistent but smooth and elegant tannins.
The term “El Caporal “ comes from Spanish and is used to describe the person in charge of a group the cowboys who cared for the cattle on the haciendas in the days of old. Gaby and Daniel chose it as the name for this wine to honor Daniel’s father who held this position at the farm where Daniel was born.
1,200 cases made
Drinking window: upon release for 7 years
50% Nebbiolo, 25% Tempranillo, 25% Merlot
Daniel Lonnberg - Chilean by birth lives in Mexico
- Valle de San Vicente: (Nebbiolo and Tempranillo) planted from 1998-2006 in a site with bright red clay based soils rich in minerals at an elevation of 300 ft.
- Valle de Guadalupe: (Merlot) Estate vines planted in 2006 in sandy soils at an elevation of 950ft.
Fermented with the skins for 7 days in stainless steel tanks before being racked into new french oak barrels and aged for 5 months.
Sulfites: 30 ppm