PICK of the RACK: Adobe Guadalupe | Miguel | Valle de Guadalupe | Baja California | Mexico | 2005 | $35 | 92 pts

Adobe Guadalupe Miguel 05 2This past August we introduced you to Mexico’s Adobe Guadalupe winery, which is located in the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) of northern Baja California, just south of San Diego.  The winery’s 2009 Gabriel red blend was the subject of our previous feature review, and at 95 points it remains our highest rated wine of 2013, to date.  You can read that review, which briefly discusses Baja wine country and how we discovered Adobe Guadalupe, at this link:  Adobe Guadalupe 2009 Gabriel.

We were recently given opportunity to taste another Adobe Guadalupe wine — Miguel — which, like Gabriel, is named after the archangel.  Also like Gabriel, the wine is astoundingly good.  Crafted primarily from Tempranillo (80%) and complemented with splashes of Grenache (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), Miguel all but jumps out of the glass with vivid aromas and flavors suggesting ripe blackberry, dark fruit compote, spiced baked apple, and cured tobacco, with hints of dark chocolate and eucalyptus wafting throughout.  It’s full-bodied, smoothly textured, and beautifully balanced; with recessed oak, moderate tannins, vibrant acidity, and that just-beginning-to-emerge touch of caramel that comes with a little age.  Like its sibling Gabriel, Miguel is one of those rare wines that saturates the senses from the first sniff through the long, luscious finish.

Availability:  Baja California wines are generally very difficult to find in the United States, at least outside of southern California, and they cannot be shipped directly from producers in Mexico to U.S. consumers.  We are fortunate to have found a source for Adobe Guadalupe wines — The Wine Connection, which is located in the San Diego area and carries Miguel and Gabriel for sale in store and online, although in limited quantities. We encourage you to explore their selections at www.thewineconnection.com.

For more information on Adobe Guadalupe winery and their wines, visit them virtually at www.adobeguadalupe.com.  To learn more about Baja California wine country, visit http://www.bajawine.info/ and http://www.discoverbajacalifornia.com/bajas-wine-country.php.

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