5 suggestions of exceptional Mexican wines

26/06/2020

Mexico is one of the Latin American countries that are on the radar of the best wine producers. The work of Mexican wineries is getting better every day; from Queretaro, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Sonora, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Puebla, and Baja California arise incredible grapes to produce delicious and exceptional Mexican wines.

5 exceptional Mexican wines. Credit: Needpix
5 exceptional Mexican wines. Credit: Needpix

Mexico has a long history of winemaking that is reflected in its land and its people. Throughout its territory, the oldest vineyards in the Americas coexist with the innovative proposals of wineries that have put the best Mexican wines on the world's palate.

El Fortín Blend, Rancho El Fortín

An elegant wine that reflects the terroir of the Fortin Valley at its best, with soft tannins, with ripe berry notes on the nose and palate, and an additional dimension of intensity on the finish.

El Fortín Blend, Rancho El Fortín
El Fortín Blend, Rancho El Fortín

The vineyard is located between the Santa Rosa and Oregano mountains in northeastern Mexico, in the state of Coahuila, where Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec are grown, along with intense and flavorful Syrah. Harvesting and selection are done by hand maintaining high-quality standards.

Reserva Magna, Bodegas Domecq

Excellent integration of black fruits, toast, bitter chocolate notes, vanilla, underbrush, truffle, and tobacco. As time goes by it expands its aromatic range becoming an impressive wine.

Reserva Magna, Bodegas Domecq
Reserva Magna, Bodegas Domecq

Located in Valle de Guadalupe, with an average age of plants around 30 years, El Nebbiolo provides an essential base for making great wine for aging. The self-regulation and resistance to the inclemency of the weather help to obtain a suitable fruit with great qualities.

In the Valley of Calafia, a fruit of exceptional qualities is obtained, coming from vines placed on free-standing and totally adapted to the conditions of the terroir that predominates in these Valleys of Baja California. The resulting grapes were hand-picked at the ideal point of ripeness, providing optimal tannin load and concentration for a wine with a long shelf life.

Etiqueta Negra, Norte 32

7-13 months in American and French oak barrels. In the nose, its aromas of toffee and caramel stand out, and as it opens up, very elegant notes of cherries and blackberries with a slight touch of spice and vanilla begin to show through.

Etiqueta Negra, Norte 32
Etiqueta Negra, Norte 32

The winery was founded in 2002 as a retirement project for Captain Oscar Obregon after years of work and dedication to aviation. He acquired a small property in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe located right on the 32nd parallel. Today, the winery produces about 3000 boxes a year. The entire vinification and storage process takes place in the winery's facilities.

Cuatro Regiones Tinto, Viña Dolores by Freixenet México

A wine with aromatic intensity and a fruity and spicy sensory character. Aromas of red and black fruits, hibiscus flower, blueberries, plums, black cherries, blackberries, and figs predominate, and in the end there are hints of cocoa, tobacco, and chocolate.

Cuatro Regiones Tinto, Viña Dolores by Freixenet México
Cuatro Regiones Tinto, Viña Dolores by Freixenet México

The geo-climatic conditions of Viñedos Doña Dolores Ezequiel Montes Querétaro, Mexico lead to an extraordinary winemaking process, giving a peculiar condition of excellent quality, unique in the whole world. Northern Hemisphere location at 2,000 meters above sea level. Each grape variety is aged in French oak barrels for 6 months in the cellar at a depth of 25m before being assembled for final bottling.

Vinaltura Malbec, Vinaltura

The great color intensity of bright purple tones with cherry sparkles and marked aromatic expression to black fruits, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. This wine has an elegant and pleasant start, with refined and unctuous tannins, with good permanence and a long aftertaste.

Vinaltura Malbec, Vinaltura
Vinaltura Malbec, Vinaltura

Vinaltura is a family project, which in a way that respects the natural environment, transforms the goodness of the altitude above the vine into quality wine. Focusing on reasoned viticulture, through adequate vineyard management, it seeks to obtain the best quality of grapes that nature and the terroir provide.

The best Mexican wine is of quality. Most of the terroirs where the vines are planted have the necessary extension so that the producer can personally take care of the planting and harvesting of the grapes, under a practically artisanal approach.

This care of the land and the vine, makes Mexican winemakers have a great variety of grapes to experiment and generate innovative proposals that are recognized in a large number of international competitions and festivals.