Hooray for Mexican wine.

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I MUST CONFESS that 15 years ago, I wouldn't have even bothered to drink Mexican wine. The quality was bad, the offer was very limited and the blends and styles were non-existent. Today, the story is quite different. We have a wine industry that has improved greatly. Mexico has new entrepreneurs and winemakers venturing into different styles, new labels and new techniques. Currently there are big players that have greatly improved their wine production by investing in research. One can find little boutique-garage style wines that have demonstrated that there's enough potential to produce first class wine.

Some of my favorites are: Concierto from Concierto Enologico, Plata Pura, Boceto, Sierra Gorda from Vinedos La Redonda, Casa Madero, Casa Baloyan and of course the most iconic Icaro from the well known wine personality Jose Luis Duran and Duetto from the oldest winery in America: Vinedos Santo Tomas. These wines have great concentration and fruitiness, with elegant structures and powerful tannins.

Unfortunately, all these are hard to find in the US, but look for them in your trips to Mexico.

Voces 2009 Napa valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Sent by the winery for its review)

Region: Napa Valley

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $52.

Aromas: Plum, currant, pepper

Flavors: Cherry, tobacco, and cedar box

Impression: Deep and Concentrated

Structure: good body, firm tannins, powerful

Drink with: Filet Mignon, New York Strip Why I loved this wine? Fantastic fruit and a hint of chocolate at the end

My Rating: 93 pts.

Albert Mann Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling 2011 (Got in a store in Bethesda, Maryland)

Region: Alsace, France

Varietal: Riesling

Price: $49.

Aromas: Mineral, flowers...

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