Thursday, August 18, 2011
Amazing Mexican Wines......yeah, they're really good
Anyways, here is a little information about the wines and my tasting notes:
2009 Jubileo Zapata Zinfandel - Guadalupe Valley
The Guadalupe valley owes much of its success to a small group of Russian pacifists who touched down in the region in 1905 with Zinfandel cuttings in hand. This 400 case bottling was created from a small parcel of old vine, dry farmed Zinfandel vines owned by Baja's famed Bibyoff family.
On the nose I get aromas of wild raspberry, white pepper, and just a touch of earth and oak. It's smells like so many of the Zin's I've had from Paso Robles and has this super-ripe fruit aroma.
On the palate the wine displays flavors of raspberry, cedar, white pepper, and mineral. It has just the slightest kick of alcohol on the finish (the wine is %15 alc.), but the wine is really pretty balanced. 88 points
2009 Jubileo Mexicana Meritage
On the North side of Mexico's Guadalupe Valley the vines for this wine thrive due to intense summer heat, cool nights, and comparatively lower water table. It's a typical meritage blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for 10 months in new French oak.
On the nose I get aromas of red raspberry, cherry, herbs, hints of pepper, earth, and a touch of creamy oak. The Merlot and Cab Franc are very expressive on the bouquet.
On the palate the wine delivers spicy flavors of blackberry, pepper, dried herbs, black cherry, scorched earth, and cedar box. It's very nicely balanced and has a firm tannin structure. I can see this wine pairing amazingly with rack of lamb or a hearty grilled steak. 87 points
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