The Santo Tomás Estate
- Santo Tomás is the oldest winery in the Baja region. Jesuit missionaries first established vineyards, (now privately held) in 1791, just 5 years after the US signed its Constitution. Over a century later, in 1888 the land was purchased by Francisco Adonegui and Spaniard Miguel Olmart and became Mexico's first large scale commercial winery.
- The largest landowners in the 5 valleys of northern Baja, Santo Tomás has access to some of the best fruit available. The quality and balance of their wines is a signature of the estate.
- Winemaker Laura Zamora passed the baton she held since 2003 to the talented Christina Pino in 2019 and the first results of Christina's efforts are all that we'd hoped for. Expect to see this estate delivering increasingly high levels of quality. Christina plans to lower yields, increase quality, and work towards fully organic farming.
Total production: 22 wines, 130,000 cases
2019 Sauvignon Blanc - Santo Tomás
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A major improvement on previous vintages and a clear indication of where this estate is headed, this Sauvignon Blanc presents all of the classic herbal and citrus notes on the nose and taught refreshing acidity on the palate that one expects from a Sauvignon Blanc. Clean and refreshing notes of green apple, meld with fresh cut grass and tropical fruits on the nose while the palate is dominated by the zing of lemon zest and just a touch of peach.
250 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 5 years
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Christina Pino- Spanish, lives in Mexico
Santo Tomas is the largest land owner in the region and this Merlot comes form a selection of the younger vines spread throughout the holdings. The range of soil types is vast but here they are mainly working with sandy soils that have some iron rich clay mixed in as well.
Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks