Monte Xanic has been producing wine in the Valle de Guadalupe since the late 1980s, making them one of the older wineries in this now-booming region. Monte Xanic wines have been witness to history in Mexico - their Chardonnay was the wine used to toast the signing of NAFTA in 1992, and Gran Ricardo was served at a dinner in Mexico to honor Pope John Paul II. With meticulous winemaking practices and an attitude of continuous improvement, the Monte Xanic wines are some of the most awarded and well known in the Valle.
Gran Ricardo is a traditional Bordeaux-Style blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, balanced by the addition of Merlot and Petite Verdot. The wine sees 18 months in French oak, which adds a touch of cedar and spice but is not heavy-handed or overbearing. Crisp and ripe red and black raspberry, boysenberry, and cherry are lifted by notes of violet, with well-structured tannins and a long finish. Delicious now, but will reward those with the patience to cellar for a decade or more!
Pairings: Goes best with hard, aged cheeses, ribeye and other steaks, machaca, roasted lamb, pork belly, duck and game meats.