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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Amazing Mexican Wines......yeah, they're really good

I was just blind tasted and semi-quizzed on a few wines by a buddy of mine at the shop where I work. Imagine my surprise when after using up all five of my guesses (South Africa, South America, Paso Robles, Australia, and Canada) what he revealed??? Yeah, well you already read the title of the post....wines from our buddies down in Mexico. I don't actually know why I'm so blown away by the high quality of these wines. I mean, Mexico has been providing a large part of our really good quality produce here in the South West for decades or longer. Hell, California used to be part of Mexico.

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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