The Solar Fortún Estate:
- Solar Fortún is a family owned and operated winery that was officially established in 2010 and planted 3 years prior in 2007. Coming from a background in theoretical and natural physics, (both of Santiago's parents are professors of physics at the university in Ensenada), the plan for this estate was methodical and precise, with no consideration left unattended.
- Fully sustainable, (and idyllic to the point of being completely transportive) the only non-renewable resource they use in their operation is the fuel that runs their tractor. As the harvests, and almost all the work in the vineyards is done by hand, it doesn't get used much!
- All grapes are estate grown in an organically farmed vineyard site at 1,100 ft elevation in the northern most section of the valley, approximately 15 miles from the Pacific in a part of the valley called Francisco Zarco. The confining walls are so tight at this point that they create more of a canyon than a valley. This creates a unique micro-climate where the temperature differential between the mountainsides and the valley floor generates a nearly constant breeze eliminating the risk of cluster rot or powdery mildew. This cooler climate also plays a role in the high natural acidity of these wines and their very prevalent floral components.
Total production: 18.5 acres under vine, 10 wines, 3,000 cases
2020 Viña en Rosa - Solar Fortún
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
For those that are in love with the rosés of Bandol, get ready for what may prove to be worthy competition. A rose made of 100% Mourvedre from estate grown fruit that is hand-picked and sorted at this lovely little estate. This is the first vintage to incorporate the grapes from a young vineyard which was planted with a different clone of Mourvedre than they had been working with up until now. Finished wine is a blend of 80% old vine fruit and the rest from the new vines. While the expression of the fruit is basically the same the ripening requirements of each are different giving the final blend a combination of delightful high acidity and at the same time mature fruit expression. As usual this estate is proving with each vintage that it is nowhere near its ceiling.
500 Cases made
Drinking window - Upon release - 3 years
Santiago Lopez - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe, ejido de Francisco Zarco - Estate vineyards in a tight valley with sandy soils of decomposed sandstone and some red clay. Vines were planted in 2007 and the elevation is 1,100 ft.
Pulled off the skins after 5 hours of contact, this wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks
Sulfites: 30 ppm