ONE OF THE most beautiful places I have visited is the little town of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. When we decided to spend our last Spring Break with the kids there, I never imagined the level of gourmet sophistication, boutique restaurants and haut-cuisine food. My best experience came when we decided to go to the renowned chef Enrique Olvera's Moxi restaurant, where we had an absolute marvelous dinner.
To my surprise, I found much variety and great quality of Mexican wines, not only in restaurants, but also in stores as well. One that was my favorite was actually from Guanajuato: Bodegas Vega-Manchan "Laja" 2013 ($25) a red blend which was showing red ripe fruit, chocolate and red currant notes in a complex and succulent medium body structure.
Another impressive wine was the one we drank at Moxi: Bodega Rivero Gonzalez 2012 Red blend from Baja ($69). This one is actually a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which was absolutely delicious with notes of plum, currant, blueberry and tobacco. A great wine from the new wave of Mexican winemakers who present new varieties and tastes.
Shafer Vineyards "One Point Five" 2013 (sent by the winery for review)
Region: Napa; Stags Leap District Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $85 Aromas: Prunes, Cherries Flavors: Fruit jam, Pepper Impression: Fantastic fruit concentration Structure: Deep, balanced, hamronic...