The Monte Xanic Estate
- Monte Xanic is heralded as the first boutique winery in Mexico, established in 1988. The story goes that this move, (and Monte Xanic's subsequent success) played a major role in starting a trend towards grape farmers making wine from their own grapes rather than raising grapes for sale.
- With a large quantity of land under vine in all the major wine growing valleys of the region, they are by far the most prolific of the boutique wineries in the region.
- Their vineyard sites are farmed sustainably, and their winery operates as a model of modern ecofriendly design.
- The estate weds advanced technology with old world wisdom, such as harvesting all their white grapes by hand at night in order to maintain maximum freshness and acidity.
- The "X" in Xanic is pronounced like a "sh", so Xanic sounds like "shan-eek". Xanic is the name of the white flower that is one of the first to bloom in spring in Valle de Guadalupe. When the spring rains are just right, the mountainside behind the winery is cloaked in their blooms.
Total production: 18 wines, 80,000 cases
2019 Calixa Blend - Monte Xanic
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A new arrival to the Calixa line, you can expect a lot from this light and refreshing addition. A blend that brings the depth and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to the high register, bright red berry notes and baking spices of the Tempranillo, this is sure to become another of the classics of the Monte Xanic family of wines.
Sourced from estate vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe and Valle de Ojos Negros, we see here yet another excellent example of what Monte Xanic’s high-altitude vineyards in Valle de Ojos Negros can deliver when they are showing in best form. The 2019 vintage played out just right in this valley that is becoming known as the new frontier of wineries pioneering for additional land to put to vine.
When Monte Xanic bought land up in Ojos Negros and planted in the early 2000s, it created quite a bit of interest in a valley that, while originally planted around 100 years ago had become a backwater. With issues like frost during budbreak and occasional scorching temperatures (due to its relative isolation from the Pacific), the valley has its own challenging temperament, however access to much more abundant fresh water and unique soil profiles is enough to have those informed investing heavily, (if quietly) in the area. Expect to see more bottles with Valle de Ojos Negros on the label.
Drinking window: Now - 5 years
60% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oscar Gaona - Mexican, lives in Valle de Guadalupe
Granite and clay mix
Fermented in stainless steel and aged in neutral French oak for 9 months