Monte Xanic’s Winery from Baja California, Mexico gained some critical acclaim recently at the San Diego International Wine Competition. Their “Calixa de Monte Xanic” Grenache Rosado (Rose) won the top prize for Rose’s “Best of Show Rose”. While winning the top prize may be considered exciting by itself, the fact that this wine retails for $5 a bottle is sure to create a lot of excitement.
The name Xanic comes from the Cora Indians and means “flower which blooms after the first rain”. Monte Xanic was founded by 5 friends in 1987, just after Mexico opened up its markets to international wine. Even though many local producers were unable to survive the general perception that all imports were better Monte Xanic boldly pushed forward and today is widely considered one of Mexico’s best.
Monte Xanic is located in what is considered Mexico’s Napa Valley – Valle de Guadalupe. Located near the town of Ensenada on the northern tip of the Baja Peninsula, about 85 miles south of San Diego. Vineyards and wineries in the area date back to the 17th century and were producing wine of such great quality, that, as the story goes, the Spanish government decided it was a major threat and banned all production. Luckily renegade monks continued to produce wine and according to historians in the area, much of Napa’s stock originated south of the border. Valle de Guadalupe boasts no less than 17 boutique wineries nestled in amongst its lush rolling hills
And now the technicals on the award winning Rose!
Monte Xanic “Calixa” Rosado, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico
Grapes: 100% Grenache
Production: “partial fermentation in stainless steel, with partial maceration”
I haven’t had an opportunity to taste this wine yet, so I am referring to the winery literature for the tasting notes:
“Nose: delicious red cherry bouquet, wild strawberries and red grape fruit. Mouth: balanced with slight acidity, and a flavor of sun drenched ripe citric fruits, very fresh and vivacious.”
It’s always interesting to me to balance the locavore philosphy with a quest for new things from less known regions. I am going to be on a quest to find this wine. Have you tried any Mexican wines? Have you tried this wine?