Let’s be honest, wine is not the first beverage that comes to mind when we think of Mexico. Till I even went for this exquisite tasting, I didn’t even know Mexico produces wines. It’s like finding authentic French food in India!
But for the fact-hungry, Mexico is one of the oldest wine producer that side of the Atlantic and from times when the natives used vines to produce a drink to which they added other fruits and honey, today Mexico has come a long way. Not that those concoctions could have tasted bad at all!
Thanks to His Excellency, Jaime Nualart, the Ambassador of Mexico to India, we were privileged enough to get a taste of some very interesting wines from his country. Here are some notes.
Light robe, sombre pink rims, youthful. Good intensity on nose, fruit forward, berry packed, some Pinot like cherriness. The intensity is deceptive. The tannins a bit soft, quick to fade. Balanced, even if a bit soft sounding for an otherwise strong combo. USD 18$.
Light pink robe, like grenadine, a green rhubarb, unripe cranberry note. The sugar attack up-front fails to back up with acidity or persistence. Lacks structure in spite of an attempt at pre-winemaking. USD 13$.
Rich deep cherry robes, something baked, biscuit-like. The wine, in spite of the oak seems to still be fruit-inclined; could have been a Grenache, save for the missing alcohol kick! Which isn’t all that bad. Cool climate style, short Caudalie, but by structure, it has decent (tannic) grip. USD 9$.
Suggestively powerful robe, layered nose with oaky cleanliness and some fruity notes-extracted richness. Rose petals, some edgy tannins. The wine feels somewhat unfinished; it needs some rounding up (2nd use oak perhaps?)- finishing school to give it stability and structure. USD 21$.
Rich intensity and inky; nutty, hint balsamic, wool too; the attack is a bit daunting. Strength and extraction; a bit of Residual Sugar (RS). Else, meaty fleshy ripe berries, fruit tannins encore; the heat, the richness, the fresh spice – reminds me of Bollywood! USD 23$.
A ruby red rose refinement; restrained even if so a tad shut; the wine shows good flavour but won’t back it up with a classic Nebbiolo powdery tannin follow-through. But, for the price, is great. Syrah like rosey nose, good grip – follow through – all is good! USD 10$.
Rich nose for a medium density robe – the fruit plays through, the wine is rich without being gamey or extracted, soft yet supple tannins – likeable. USD 20$.
2007, Nera (Nebbiolo, Petit Syrah, Barbera), Llano Colorado, Mexico:
Like the robe, doesn’t seem overdone. Nose is fruity, meaty, salty! Like it was made on the coast – seaside wine. This is a new attempt at food pairing. USD 19$.
Ensamble, (Merlot, Cab. Sauv., Petit Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel):
Rich and robust, fruit and some weight, good power, even alcohol. But a very well all-rounded wine.
The tasting was a heady affair and post it, I headed to Mexican chef victor’s lair, Sancho’s, unarguably the best Mexican joint in India!