Grape Variety: 100% Mision
Aging: The grapes were harvested by hand, de-stemmed and fermented in locally made concrete tinajas with 20 days of maceration, raised in a mix of steel tank and used French barrels over winter, and bottled without fining or filtration and only 10 ppm of added SO2.
Region: Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
Pair this wine with peppered beef and grilled meats, and dishes rich in umami. Recommended temperature: 15°C (59°F).
This wine is produced from 100-year-old pie franco Misión (Listan Prieto) vines grown at 2,400 ft elevation on sandy loam and granite soils in the mountains of Tecate, Mexico, right on the California border. Because the grapes are dry-farmed, yields are very low here. The grapes are de-stemmed and fermented without temperature control in 450-liter concrete tinajas. After fermentation, ½ of the cuvee goes to stainless steel vats, and the other goes to half to used barrels for 3 months. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration and just 10 ppm of added sulfur. Light-bodied and bright, this is a supremely drinkable expression of the Mission grape with notes of floral, funky & peppery red fruits, with refreshing briny acidity.