2020 Gran Ricardo  -  Monte Xanic

The Monte Xanic Estate

- Monte Xanic is heralded as the first boutique winery in Mexico, established in 1988. The story goes that this move, (and Monte Xanic's subsequent success) played a major role in starting a trend towards grape farmers making wine from their own grapes rather than raising grapes for sale.

- With a large quantity of land under vine in all the major wine growing valleys of the region, they are by far the most prolific of the boutique wineries in the region.

- Their vineyard sites are farmed sustainably, and their winery operates as a model of modern ecofriendly design.

- The estate weds advanced technology with old world wisdom, such as harvesting all their white grapes by hand at night in order to maintain maximum freshness and acidity.

- The "X" in Xanic is pronounced like a "sh", so Xanic sounds like "shan-eek". Xanic is the name of the white flower that is one of the first to bloom in spring in Valle de Guadalupe. When the spring rains are just right, the mountainside behind the winery is cloaked in their blooms.

 

Total production: 18 wines, 80,000 cases

2020 Gran Ricardo - Monte Xanic

$93.99Price
  • Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:

    Along with everything else winemaker Oscar Gaona has shuffled up since his arrival at Monte Xanic at the end of the 2018 vintage, he has left his mark on this 2020 edition of Monte Xanic’s premium wine as well. After many years of almost no variation in the percentages within the blend, this year saw a radical change. This stems from Oscar having been given broad latitude in reassessing the final selection of grapes as well as adapting the pruning in the vineyards to deliver a much lower yield. The end result we about a 50% reduction in production and a wine built for the ages. Styled as a classic Bordeaux blend based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine come across with the same regal and somewhat austere nature of a fine vintage from the left bank of the Gironde. Full bodied and accessible in its youth this wine will also reward those who have the patience to lay it down. If you buy with the intention of cellaring, you can plan on it evolving nicely for 10 to 15 years. Bravo Oscar! 

    Drinking window: Upon release (with decant) - 10 to 15 years

  • Vintage:

    2020

  • Blend:

    55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

  • Producer:

    Monte Xanic 

  • Winemaker:

    Oscar Gaona - Mexican, lives in Valle de Guadalupe

  • Vineyards:

    Granite and clay mix 

  • Aging:

    Fermented and aged in 1st use French oak barrels

  • Farming:

    Sustainable

  • Alcohol:

    13.9%