Friday, May 09, 2008

New releases from 2006 and 2007 from Baja Wine Country

By Steve Dryden

Baja California wine continues the climb towards “world class” status with each new vintage. Every year in April the wine industry presents a seafood and new wine release festival in Ensenada. This year’s food and wine extravaganza took place at the cruise ship terminal on the scenic plaza overlooking the harbor with a backdrop from the mountains of La Bufadora and Punta Banda. Several of the best culinary establishments between Rosarito Beach and Ensenada provided guests with gourmet delights and an opportunity to match up new wines with superb entrees. Within minutes of the opening presentation it was obvious that Baja California is reaching superior levels in winemaking and culinary arts. Mexico has something to be very proud of with food and wine from this region and Ensenada is becoming the food and wine capital of the country.

Pau Pijoan of ViƱas Pijoan was a “shining star” of the event with his new release of 2006 Domenico. It was the most stunning wine I tasted that day with rich, elegant and deep layers of flavor, perfectly balanced with a long and graceful finish. This blend of seventy-five percent Grenache, fifteen percent Petite Sirah and ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon is artistically crafted from selected “old vines” grown in sandy soil of Valle de San Vicente. Pau continues to create superior wines under the guidance of Hugo D’ Acosta.

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