The Mina Penélope Estate
- All wines are made from organically grown estate vineyards tucked into a tight fold on the valley wall of Valle de Guadalupe.
- Production is minuscule; everything is done by hand by a husband and wife team who are the definition of the passion one finds in the small growers of the region.
- Vineyard site is 15 years old and Nathaniel Malagon who tends the vineyards comes from one of the oldest grape growing families in Valle de Guadalupe.
- Winemaker Veronica Santiago is one of the most well respected winemakers in the valley and her pallet has shown itself in blind tastings to be one of the best. The wines she and Nathaniel are making are at once elegant, informed, and remarkably rustic old world in style. These wines follow closely the natural wine making style championed in the Loire and Saone valleys and emulate closely the body compositions and flavor profiles of the wines made in this area with minimal intervention.
Total production: 8 wines, 800 cases
2018 Julio 14 - Mina Penélope
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
More fruit forward and hedonistic than the previous vintage, this wine shows you more of the fruit that it's predesor and given the quality of the fruit from the 2018 vintage we are glad it does! Veronica also opted to use less new oak in the aging for this vintage and the result is, in our opinion, phenomenal. Full-bodied but with high strung notes that carry it's volume across your palate with superb finesse, this is a wine that is drinking perfectly on release but has all of the stuffing to age nicely. Both by personal analysis, (tasting) and reports from the lab, the fruit that went into the 2018 vintage had perfect scores so it's no surprize the wine has turned out so well. This is drinking fin on release but will benefit from a decant and better yet a few years in the bottle.
Only 96 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 10 years
53% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 17% Mourvedre
Veronica Santiago - Mexican
All grapes were sourced from estate vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe, ejido of San Antonio de Las Minas. The vineyards arplanted across an undulating hillside at a elevation of 900 to 975 ft elevation at 2 miles from the Pacific. The vines were planted in 2007 in soils of decomposed granite and clay.
The Syrah and Grenache were harvested on the 14th and 15th of October and the Mourvedre almost a month later on the 10th of October. All wines were hand picked, hand selected basket pressed and fermented individually in flexitanks for 13 to 14 days. They include at least 10% of full berries in the fermentation as well as a small amount of stems to help with the tannin and the fixing of the color of the final wine. After fermentation, the wine is racked in to American oak barrels most of which are 1st use. Here malolactic fermentation occurs sponatiously and the wine ages for 12 months.