This wine really reminds me of Syrah from the Northern Rhone in France. This is really evident in the mid palate and finish. The wine is big with its medium to heavy spice notes, earth and tannin that are clearly the work horses in this one. This old-world style Syrah from California screams for a big meat dish with plenty of fat and flavor.
The mouthfeel and intensity increase at a gradual rate through every point and it crescendos with pepper, spice and all things nice. It reminds me of something I would drink while wearing a Santa hat and ugly Christmas sweater with a silhouette of Rudolf stitched on it.
Valle de Guadalupe or VDG for short, is located in the Municipality of Ensenada Baja California, Mexico. It is approximately one hour south of the United States Mexico International Border in San Diego. Comparatively, San Diego’s most known wine region is Temecula which is approximately an hour north of the border. However, the experiences you get in VDG and Temecula are quite different.
In this short video, we visit Vinicola Solar Fortun and speak with winemaker Santiago Lopez. Santiago explains what grapes they grow and what makes their vineyards so special. Solar Fortun is making elegant and structured wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mouvedre and Petite Verdot. It is a great winery to visit when you sign up for a wine tour experience with us.