Rafael is a full bodied wine, well structured with very present tannins and good acidity. It is a very intense and elegant wine showing ripe red berries, and notes of cinnamon, cocoa nibs, chocolate, and spice. It sees 12 months aging in new French and American oak barrels.
Cuisine: Rafael pairs well with grilled lamb, pasta Bolognese, strong cheeses.
In 1997 Tru (originally from the Netherlands) and Donald Miller bought the lands that would become Adobe Guadalupe. In 1998 they plant 20 hectares of vineyards where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Viognier, Syrah, Cinsault, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Grenache. The vines were first harvested for vinification in the 2001 with a total production of around 500 cases. That has grown to an annual production of approximately 9,000 cases.
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How did Mexico become a wine producer? The short answer is because of the Spaniards. Spaniards brought vitis vinifera with them because they considered wine a part of their daily diet. They drank wine for pure enjoyment but also for sacramental use. Unknown to most wine lovers, wine in Mexico has a long history.
Valle de Santo Tomas was the epicenter of winegrowing in Baja at first, but winegrowing quickly spread to the adjacent valleys including Valle de Guadalupe, Valle de Ojos Negros and Valle de San Vicente due to the ideal growing conditions these other valleys have.
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