Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ensenada's newest wine tasting room (1/3)

As of April 1, 2009 Roganto and Malagon wineries have formed a partnership with their wine tasting room and wine bar in the Adobe Shopping Mall on First Street in Ensenada. This cozy wine outlet is located inside a modern shopping plaza originally designed for the cruise ship guests who walk along Lopez Mateos (First) with an additional side entrance at #69 Gastelum. Adobe Shopping Plaza is centered between Ruiz and Gastelum at #490 First and features thirty foot tall entrances and ceilings, modern sculptures, artwork, custom jewelry, and specialty gift items. The wine tasting room is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 p.m - providing guests and local wine lovers an opportunity to purchase wine from two of Mexico’s top wineries at winery prices with no middleman interference.

Roganto Wine or Vides y Vinos Californianos S.P.R. de R.L is considered by experts to be one of the top wineries in Mexico. Their 2005 Tempranillo has been awarded top reviews by international wine experts and judges. Currently only about 100 cases of the wine are available for purchase by the taste, glass or bottle from the new wine tasting room. This 2005 Tempranillo was aged in a combination of various new oak barrels for ten months and is a prime example of a top quality Mexican wine. In addition, wine lovers can purchase the 2005 blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon or the superb 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. About 80 cases of the Temp/Cab blend (aged in new oak for twenty-two months) remain with only and 100 cases of the Cabernet (twenty-two months in new French oak) available by the taste, glass or bottle.

The Roganto winery is technically a boutique winery in size and production, but he wines are actually artisan in quality. Their state-of-the-art winery facility is a real hidden treasure of Ensenada located behind a well drilling and commercial pump business - just a few miles south of downtown on Reforma Ave. Two wine enthusiasts, Rogelio Sanchez and Antonio Luis Escalante have teamed up to create the remarkable Roganto wines. One of their newest premium wines is an incredible 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. It’s not a traditional herbal and grassy tasting wine typical of this varietal, but an elegant wine with tropical fruit, guava, pineapple and pear on the nose, refreshing, crisp, well balanced and delicious. The production was limited to 550 cases, fermentation in stainless steel tanks _ with no oak barrel aging. These two dedicated local winemakers also create two distinct Chardonnay wines, one with stainless steel fermentation and no oak barrel aging ($22) and another excellent Chardonnay aged in new French oak for twenty-two months which will be featured soon in the new tasting room.

To be continued soon ...

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