This wine is creamy the way milk chocolate or a good rich pâté can be – its richness comes from both the flavor and texture. The wine is big, like a traditional full-bodied style, but it doesn’t overwhelm. The craftsmanship is clear – it’s both ready to drink now in all its hedonistic joy, and will do well in the cellar if you want to hang on for a bit to see how it mellows as it unfolds.
The wine’s full-bodied texture, strong tannins, and long finish make it an ideal match for savory dishes with a good amount of fat. Braised beef short ribs, grilled steak and arugula salad (because we all need something fresh), roasted leg of lamb, and even rich portobello mushroom dishes are all great choices.
In the heart of the Baja’s tranquil Valle De Guadalupe, near the town of El Porvenir and about 40 minutes from the port of Ensenada, Adobe Guadalupe is a haven of hospitality. The vineyards are planted to varieties that have shown great success in the region, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, and Cinsault. Bordered by orchards of highly productive olive trees and pomegranate bushes, the property is exquisite. They began planting vines in 1997 and celebrated their first harvest in 2000. Today, their wines are recognized as some of the best in Mexico. Adobe Guadalupe is a great intro to the potential of wines from this region.