The Mina Penélope Estate
- Wines are primarily made from organically grown estate vineyards tucked into a tight fold on the valley wall of Valle de Guadalupe. They source from additional select vineyards as needed from vintage to vintage. All are organically maintained.
- 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
2020 Sauvignon Blanc - Mina Penélope
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
This release may go down in history as one of the best whites from Valle de Guadalupe, but regardless it is the best release of this wine from this estate to date. Full expression on the nose and in the mouth of a Sauvignon Blanc of the highest pedigree, if this is what we have to look forward to from Mina Penelope in the years to come, you are going to want to get on the Mina train and never leave it. Bravo. While this wine was sourced from three vineyard sites it marks the first harvest from the young Sauvignon Blanc vines of the Mina estate.
Only 125 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 7 years
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Veronica Santiago - Mexican
Grapes from the 2020 vintage were sourced from 3 vineyard sites:
- Valle de Guadalupe, ejido of San Antonio de Las Minas - Estate vineyards planted in 2916 at 900 ft elevation, 2 miles from the Pacific. Decomposed granite and clay soils. 450 plants. Semi-dryfarmed. 2020 marks the first harvest of Sauvignon Blanc from their own vines.
- Valle de Guadalupe, ejido of San Antonio de Las Minas - Pasini vineyard planted in 2000 at 900 ft elevation, 3 miles from the Pacific. Clay and sandy soils. .25 hectars.
- San Vicente Valley, Campo Baja - Llano Colorado vineyard planted in 2015 at an elevation of 400 ft. Deep red soils rich in clay and some sand. 5 hectars
Harvest was on August 12th and 13th for all three vineyards. The wine was destemmed by hand and then pressed in their wonderful old but challenging basket press, before being racked of the gross lees and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 15 days. No malolactic. After fermentation the wine was racked and aged in stainless steel for 2 months.
Sulfites: 29 ppm