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
2018 Rosé - Mina Penélope
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A wine characterized by the finesse and elegance for which Mina Pen̩lope is renowned, this ros̩ is summarized accurately by the word 'delightful'. Wonderful under-ripe bright red fruits deliver a racy vein of acidity over which all the rest of the complexity plays. Watermelon jolly rancher, melon rind, green strawberries, fresh ocean breeze - this is the first air you breathe in the spring when the forest comes alive once again.
Only 80 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 4 years
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.
Feremented for 3 weeks, racked and aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months before release.