The Carrodilla Estate
- This estate represents the first certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in Mexico.
- All of the monovarietal wines are made from estate fruit.
- Their southwestern facing vineyard site is located 11 miles up the Valle de Guadalupe from the Pacific at an elevation of 1,000 ft.
- They are one of the the first wineries in Mexico to make a fully certified organic and biodynamic wine.
- Their organic certifications come from the USDA and CCOF.
- Their biodynamic certification comes from IMO, with a second certification from Demeter planned to take effect in 2020.
- To visit Carrodilla is to visit a true working farm, only part of the project is growing grapes and making wine.
Total production: 34.5 acres under vine, 7 wines, 3,500 cases
2019 Canto de Luna - La Carrodilla
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
With more Cabernet Sauvignon than the previous vintage, the 2019 Canto de Luna reads as a more luscious and forthcoming wine with less of the smoky element that had a fairly loud voice in the previous vintage. Here dark fruits and black cherry notes dominate the nose all wrapped up in those ethereal floral notes winemaker Gustavo Gonzales is known for being able to coax out of every grape he touches. In the mouth, a medium body carries loads of fresh fruit and chocolate flavors across the tongue in an envelope of silky refined tannins. Still young but displaying all of the vivacity that this bottling is known for, this is ready to pop and pour but can be cellared for 5 years or more and see some development over that arc.
2,500 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 5 years
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 25% Tempranillo
Gustavo Gonzales - Mexican
Valle de Ojos Negros - 2,500 ft elevation - red clay and calcareous sand mix. average vine age 19 years.
Fermentation occurred in open top stainless steel tanks over a period of 20 days on skins and seeds. Wine was then racked to stainless tanks and aged for 9 months.
Sulfites: 70 ppm