The Mina Penélope Estate
- All wines are made from organically grown estate vineyards tucked into a tight fold on the valley wall of Valle de Guadalupe.
- 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
2017 Julio 14 - Mina Penélope
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Oy vey, can this estate do no wrong? A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre that is dominated by Syrah (70%), the black pepper, cherry and bramble notes are met here with the velvet texture of the Mourvedre and the high floral registers of the Grenache in a symphony that is apt to lead one to pontification. You have been warned. If consumed now, a 30-45 minute decant is recommended.
Only 125 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 10 years
70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Veronica Santiago - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe, ejido of San Antonio de Las Minas - Estate vineyards are planted at 900 ft elevation, 2 miles from the Pacific, decomposed granite and clay soils.
Fermented in flexitanks for just over two weeks, then racked in to American oak barrels most of which are 1st use. Here malolactic fermentation occurs sponatiously and the wine ages for 12 months.