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 of 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
2014 Noble Cru - Solar Fortún
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Made of a selection of the estate’s best grapes from each vintage, vinified separately and then blended according to taste, Noble Cru is always a favorite. In 2014 they fought with a worm pest that reduced yields considerably and the result is a more concentrated wine that worked well with the new French oak barrels they just purchased this year. Taught and bright acidity and structured tannins will make sure this wine will age very gracefully. Buy this one now and let it lay down for at least a few years to yield maximum pleasure from it.
450 Cases made
Drinking window: Now - 12 years
40% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot
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.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 2 weeks and then racked into 1st use French oak barrels and aged for 14 months.
Sulfites: 30 ppm