PICK of the RACK: Adobe Guadalupe | Uriel | Rosé | Valle de Guadalupe | Baja California | Mexico | 2013 | 88 pts

Adobe Guadalupe Uriel 2We brought Adobe Guadalupe to your attention back in 2013 (click here for that feature review), and have since then toured the winery in Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley), Baja California, Mexico, and tasted through their full portfolio of wines. We have yet to be LPPdisappointed in the quality and character of Adobe Guadalupe wines, and raise our glasses to founder/owner Tru Miller and winemaker Daniel Lonnberg who, along with fellow vintners across Baja California wine country, are steadily raising the bar for Mexican winemaking. To wit ~ Adobe Guadalupe’s 2013 rosé, which is named for the archangel “Uriel” and blended from seven (!) varieties including Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera, Cinsault, and Sauvignon Blanc (a creative touch). This is a deeply pigmented rosé that is at once crisp and juicy, with aromas that suggest gooey ripe strawberries, dried rose petal, and a hint of sea spray, followed by flavors that bring to mind brandied cherry, cinnamon stick, and lychee, all embraced by accents of lime zest and lavender.

adobe guadalupe uriel 3Fermented and aged wholly in stainless steel, it is bone dry and light-bodied, with spirited acidity and remarkable vivacity on the palate. A world-class rosé by any standard. It would serve well with soft and medium-sharp cheeses, seafood dishes, paella, and grilled fruits. (11.9% ABV)

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

Availability:  It is well time for American wine drinkers to experience the wines of Baja California, and we continue to beat the drum for greater availability in the United States. Thankfully, a few San Diego-area wine merchants — including The Wine Connection (www.thewineconnection.com), The Wine Bank (www.sdwinebank.com), and www.winesfrombaja.com (online only) — offer some Baja California wines for sale in store and/or online, and we recommend you contact them to inquire as to the availability of Adobe Guadalupe’s Uriel and other Adobe Guadalupe and Baja California wines.

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