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2006 Monte Xanic Cab-Merlot – Review

Mexico is known for its limes and tequilla but more than ever, is starting to make a splash with the wines it can produce in the Baja California region. This diverse region sports warm-water beaches and mountains that are high enough to snow-ski on during the winter months.

While the overall wine industry in Mexico is young by world-standards and still trying to get its “footing” per se, there are some good wine values coming out of that country that present us with interesting spins on iconic varietals like cab and merlot.

Technical Data:

  • Blend: 60% Cab and 40% Merlot
  • Origin: Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada Mexico
  • Aging: 18 months in French Oak
  • Price: $20

Nose: Chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, pablano chili, forest floor, mushrooms, strawberries and some beef jerkey.

Taste: The overwhelming sense of milk chocolate in this wine is undeniable but it has a symphony of red fruit to back it up. Cherry, raspberry and strawberry make this cab seem a almost desert-like but it still has enough tannins and acids to make it a very well-rounded cab. This is not your typical USA Cab but still very good for what it brings to the table. It’d be an easy pick for many bbq or spicey meat dishes and certainly shredded beef.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

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