San Juanito Malbec 2014

Hi guys, today let’s head to Mexico with a Malbec produced by @vinosanjuanito.

Let me introduce you to San Juanito, a winery located not far from Tequisquiapan, in the Mexican state of Queretaro and in the heart of the wine and cheese route. Though my heart is deeply rooted in Argentina Malbec, I have to admit we also find some very good ones in Mexico, and I was really impressed with this one.

The mountain in the label represents the Peña de Bernal, the porphyrytic monolith thought to be formed during the Jurassic period and is thanks to this monolith that this project exists let me explain why:

Geographically the winery is located in one of the southernmost regions of the northern hemisphere. Although outside and far from the so-called wine fringes and the proximity to the equator that would suggest a tropical region, the altitude above sea level (1930m) of the central highlands compensates for the latitude and gives a semi-desert region with a good thermal differential between day and the night where San Juanito after overcoming many obstacles have the vineyard.

Malbec 95%, Syrah 5%, 13 months in new american and french oak

Deep garnet color with a violet rim.

The wine has pronounced aromas of ripe red and black fruits highlighting raspberry, and blackberry with spicy hints of cinnamon, vanilla, mocha, coffee and dark chocolate.

In the mouth the wine is surprisingly dry with a medium acidity and medium (+) alcohol. The tannins are present but ripe and round. Again we have pronounced flavours of  ripe red fruits, spices and vanilla from the oak. The wine has a good complexity and the oak is well integrated.

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