The Mina Penélope Estate
- All wines are made from organically grown estate vineyards tucked into a tight fold on the valley wall of Valle de Guadalupe.
- Production is minuscule; everything is done by hand by a husband and wife team who are the definition of the passion one finds in the small growers of the region.
- Vineyard site is 15 years old and Nathaniel Malagon who tends the vineyards comes from one of the oldest grape growing families in Valle de Guadalupe.
- Winemaker Veronica Santiago is one of the most well-respected winemakers in the valley and her pallet has shown itself in blind tastings to be one of the best. The wines she and Nathaniel are making are at once elegant, informed, and remarkably rustic old world in style. These wines follow closely the natural wine making style championed in the Loire and Saone valleys and emulate closely the body compositions and flavor profiles of the wines made in this area with minimal intervention.
Total production: 8 wines, 800 cases
2019 Sauvignon Blanc - Mina Penélope
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A wine that is elegant and as refined as the estate from which it comes, this Sauvignon Blanc, while difficult to find, will be well worth the hunt. An exceptional nose of lemon peel, orange zest, and fresh herbs give way to a palate of laser-sharp refreshing acidity that is capable of cornering at high velocity, all the while keeping perfect track and dispensing notes of guava, honeydew melon, apple blossom, and crushed stone along the way. Drink now or enjoy watching it evolve over the next 5 to 10 years.
Only 73 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 5-10 years
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Veronica Santiago - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe, ejido of San Antonio de Las Minas - Estate vineyards are planted at 900 ft elevation, 2 miles from the Pacific. Decomposed granite and clay soils.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks, racked and then aged in stainless steel for 2 months.