The Vinisterra Estate:
- The wines of Vinisterra are imbued with the spirit of intention from man, but the front-and-center show is the land and the vines and, of course, their fruit. Top to bottom, the wines in their line up are fastidiously made and completely oriented towards pure representation of place.
- All grapes are estate grown in two vineyard sites: one adjacent to their winery in the ejido of San Antonio de las Minas in Valle de Guadalupe and the other in the Valle de San Vicente further south. Both vineyards are organically farmed.
- Christoph, a winemaker who is constantly trying to peel back the layers of himself from the wines in an effort to let the character of the soil, sun, and plants speak more clearly, made the bold decision to not have any of the large granite boulders, (common in the area) removed from the vineyard when he first planted it. Some of the boulders on site are twice the size of cars, and, in addition to making the vineyard impossible to manage with any mechanized devices, creates a complexity of micro climates that results in the need to make many passes during harvest.
Total production: 22.5 acres under vine, 8 wines, 4,000 cases
2019 Les Grenaches - Vinisterra
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A "one off" from the well-known Vinisterra estate. Known for many years for consistently delivering quality across a tight portfolio of wines, the team has embraced the unknown recently and ventured into individual expressions like the one you have here which may not come around again. Grenache picked from 3 separate vineyard sites amounted to 4 barrels of wine that winemaker Christoph Gartner just couldn't bring himself to add into one of their classic blends. When you taste the elegantly perfumed nose, dreamy light yet spicy body, and seamless mouthfeel, you'll understand his conundrum. There's not much of this to go around, and they currently have no intentions to repeat the bottling, so it's a 'get all you can' moment if you find it's something that suits your fancy.
200 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 8 years
Christoph Gartner - Swiss born, now a Mexican citizen.
Sourced from Vinisterra's estate vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe, a small vineyard in Valle de San Vicente and another small family owned vineyard in Valle de Guadalupe.
Pressed juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks over a period of 10 days and then racked to French oak barrels, (50% new) and aged for 18 months.
Sulfites: 30 ppm