2017 Syrah  -  Solar Fortún

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

2017 Syrah - Solar Fortún

  • Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:

    Solar Fortún's 2017 monovarietal Syrah is a classic expression of this grape. Full-bodied but with plenty of acidity to keep it energized as it flows across your palate. The nose and palate lean in a Rhone direction with earthy fruit flavors dominating accompanied by the spice of black pepper. The higher acidity of the 2017's tugs your taste buds in the opposite direction of the flavor and aromatic profile of the American oak, so upon release the monovarietals from this estate felt a little hollow in the middle but a retasting of them in 2020 found the oak to have dropped into the fruit in an almost mesmerizing way.

    Houston - we have integration.

    Drinking window: Now - 8 years

  • Vintage:


  • Blend:

    100% Syrah

  • Producer:

    Solar Fortun

  • Winemaker:

    Santiago Lopez - Mexican 

  • Vineyards:

    Valle de Guadalupe, ejido de Francisco Zarco - Estate vineyards in a tight valley with sandy soils of decomposed sandstone and some red clay. 

  • Winemaking:

    Fermented in stainless steel and aged in American oak for 12 months

    Sulfites: 30 ppm 

  • Farming:

    Organic, sustainable

  • Alcohol:


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