For most connoisseurs, the idea of sipping a Mexican wine likely inspires feelings of curiosity at best. Far more famous for Jose Cuervo and Corona than Cabernet, Mexico has yet to develop a reputation as a fine wine-producing country, internationally or even domestically. Nevertheless, a number of wineries are quietly crafting some surprisingly delicious vintages.
Most wineries make their homes in the northern end of the Baja Peninsula, blessed with a Mediterranean climate resulting from the influence of the Pacific. Monte Xanic, which makes a lush and spicy Chenin Blanc/Colombard blend, has vineyards in this region.
I also enjoyed wines from Casa Madero, one of the continent’s oldest wineries, located in the cool highlands north of Mexico City. Its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon each expressed impressive balance, lively fruit and admirable restraint.