The Santos Brujos Estate:
- Santos Brujos is one of the few wineries in the region that has taken the steps to become certified organic and biodynamic. Certified by the CCOF, USDA and Demeter, they perhaps more dedicated to this approach than anyone else we have seen thus far. Even the name "Santos Brujos", which translates to "Saintly Witches" makes reference to the practice prescribed by Rudolf Steiner, (the founder of Biodynamic farming) by which the amendments to the soil and plants are prepared and stirred at length by hand.
- All wines come from estate vineyards that are organically and biodynamically farmed.
- All of the wines are made in a 'natural' style with native yeast fermentation, no additives, and have very minimal sulfites added at bottling for stability.
Total production: 5 wines, 2,000 cases
2019 Rosé 'LC' - Santos Brujos
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
From the organic and biodynamic front-runner in northern Baja comes this small batch experiment of a very light skin contact ros̩. Made from the same juice as their normal rosé this limited batch was pulled away from the skins after just one hour of contact. The result is a brilliant pink color and a higher register of acidity than their normal ros̩ that manages to find an even more precise expression of the loftiest notes of raspberry, cranberry and spring flowers. Look for the 'LC' in gold ink on the lower left corner of the label, as that is the only indication it's the light skin contact version.
Drinking window: Now - 2 years
100% Tempranillo - 'LC' stands for Light skin Contact
Luis Pecina Garcia - Spanish born, lives in Mexico
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards are located in the center of the valley approximately 10 miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 950 ft. Soils are a sandy clay marl.
Pulled away from the skins immediatly after pressing, then fermented in open tanks with native yeasts for 4 weeks. Racked to new stainless tanks and aged for another 6 months before release. Bottled unfiltered.
Sulfites: 13 ppm
Biodymanic, organic, sustainable