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 Domino Blanco - Vinisterra
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A white that is designed around the balance of fruit, acidity, and minerality, Domino Blanco is a blend dominated by the lovely Chenin Blanc grape that does so well in northern Baja. The fruit, in this case, comes from a vineyard site in the Valle de San Vicente that is very close to the Pacific, and the influence of the salt air is certainly perceptible in the wine. Wines with this kiss of salinity are on the rise in popularity due to their ability to enhance the flavor of food, (think of adding a little touch of salt to most meals) and this is squarely in that camp. Aged in stainless steel, fermented bone dry and undergoing no malolactic fermentation, there is also a refreshing bit to this wine that will carry it well for the next few years.
Drinking window: Now - 3 years
82% Chenin Blanc, 18% Chardonnay
Christoph Gartner - Swiss born, now a Mexican citizen.
Valle de Santo Tomas - Estate vineyards at an elevation of 900 ft, in sandy soil high in minerals. Vines are 12 years of age.
Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks
Sulfites: 50 ppm