The Paoloni Estate
- Paoloni is a family owned boutique production winery that sits on some of the best land on the northern side of the valley.
- Paolo lives at his vineyard site where he takes great pride in farming close to the earth, organic is just a starting point.
- All wines are made from his estate vineyards, which were planted in succession by Paolo Paoloni himself beginning in 1998. His vineyard sites are more sloped and rolling than most, as well as at a higher elevation than the majority of the valley. His higher elevation sites contain more granite in the soil which results in a higher minerality and less of the saline presence that some of the lower elevation vineyard sites in Valle de Guadalupe occasionally contain.
- Paolo's technique mirrors an old school Italian approach to wine making, which results in a wine with fresh minerality and complex wonderfully nuanced floral aromas.
Total production: 9 wines, 10,000 cases
2014 Sangiovese Grosso - Paoloni
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Sangiovese, though it is a difficult grape to find in Northern Mexico, makes some of it's most sophisticated reds. Paoloni's 2014 Sangiovese Grosso is a prime example. Aged for only 8 months in French oak, the wine retains a freshness and clarity of fruit that is softened and made more complex by the aging in wood but not at all smothered by it. A medium bodied wine whose fruit and spice profile pairs well with many dishes, and will deliver pleasure now and evolve for the next decade.
2,000 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 10 years
100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello clone)
Paolo Paoloni - Italian born, now a Mexican citizen
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards located approximately 10 miles from the Pacific on the northwest valley wall at an elevation of 1,000 ft. 20+ year old vines that are direct rooted which makes them less vigorous and their fruit more concentrated. Soil is decomposed granite and red clay.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks, and then racked into 1st use French oak barrels and aged for 8 months.