Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Releases from 2006 and 2007 in Baja Wine Country (2/3)

By Steve Dryden

Don Miller from Adobe Guadalupe Inn and Vineyards is another partner of Hugo D’ Acosta. Together they team up to make high quality wine from Don and Tru Miller’s vineyards. Their Uriel 2007 Vino Rosado is a crowd-pleasing wine with a unique blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera and Moscatel. Hugo presented two of his own outstanding white wines, one from Casa de Piedra and one from Paralelo winery. He continues to create amazing Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from his estate grown grapes and from other regions in Baja California. In addition his red wines are considered to be some of Mexico’s best.

Fernando Martain of Cavas Valmar winery in Ensenada presented his new 2007 Chenin Blanc and 2006 Tempranillo. Both of these wines make the point that Fernando is creating consistent vintages of high quality wine. In addition he is “the man” behind many other artisan and boutique wineries. He was selected by the Baja Times as the Wine Industry Person of the Year for 2008 because of his leadership and vision that has led to a transformation of Baja California’s winemaking industry.

The wine presented by ViƱedos La Farga was so good and exciting that I spilled it all over my new white shirt and pants. A wine that good, you just have to wear it! La Farga is producing some outstanding red wines from Valle de Guadalupe and is quietly moving towards the top of the pack with more outstanding wines every year. Villa Montefiori poured a delightful Nebbiolo that is rich, smooth, elegant and opulent.

Tres Valles Vitivinicola is always full of surprises with outstanding red wines of “old world style” that match well with gourmet delights from Baja California. And, Vinicola Pedrazo is an artisan winery based in Ensenada that is producing some good, high quality wines that are being sought out by wine lovers throughout Mexico and southern California.

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