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
2021 Chardonnay - Monte Xanic
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A chardonnay the sees 9 months of aging in French Oak barrels, this reads much fresher and truer to the variety that most oaked For a chardonnay that sees 9 months of aging in French Oak barrels, this reads much fresher and truer to the variety that most oaked Chardonnays. There is a bright and refreshing vein if acidity here that has been missing throughout essentially all previous vintages. Here the wood plays backup role (and is only present on the nose) with vanilla and rounded notes supporting and indeed broadening out a tightly chiseled frame. Multiple harvests were used to achieve a wine with an elegant balance of acidity and mature fruit in the correct amplitude to find harmony with the flavors and aromas imparted by the barrels. A very classy wine.
Drinking window: Upon release - 6 years
Oscar Gaona - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe
Fermented stainless steel tanks and aged in new French oak barrels for 3 months.