Bichi, La Santa 2019Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Muscat Noir (Moscatel Negro)
Tecate, Mexico is probably better known for its beer, but does, in fact, produce wine with a lengthy history. Before vine planting began in Chile and Argentina, Spanish conquistadors planted vines in Baja California (“lower” California, but part of Mexico). The Spanish Crown at the time of the late 1500s was fearful of this new wine being more popular than their own Iberian wines; production was ordered to stop, but Spanish Jesuit missionaries continued to plant. The Valle de Guadalupe continued to prove its significance even during Prohibition as it lay just outside the US border. Fast forward to 2014. Noel Téllez and his family moved to Baja California from Sonora, which is where “Bichi” comes from, the Sonoran dialect for “naked.” They were naked in the middle of Baja, a theme that lent itself well to the consistently nude figures gracing their wine labels. Noel is full-time proprietor of Bichi, but receives guidance from Beaujolais veteran Yann Rohel. Grapes planted are Misión, (also known as Pais), Tempranillo, and Moscatel Negro, as well as other wild vines that remain to be identified. The wines made are natural, but garner the local name of “vinos sin maquillaje,” or wines without makeup.
“La Santa” is a vin de soif, a wine easily enjoyed with a light chill. This is grown from Moscatel Negro, locally known as Rose del Peru. Vines have crossed the 100 year old threshold and grow at an elevation of over 700 meters. The grapes are fermented without temperature control in large concrete tinajas, the local concrete. The wine ages half and half in stainless steel and older barrels.