At Viñedo San Miguel, we grow a diverse variety of grapes. Here are a few of our favorites that create our award-winning wines:
1. Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the foundation of many of the greatest wines from Bordeaux. It produces a red wine with a lot of body, structure and robust tannins. Principle flavors and aromatics are cherry, cassis, cedar and depending on the oak barrels used, vanilla. This is a wonderful wine to enjoy with Arrachera (Skirt Steak) Bistec de Res (Steak) or Carne Asada (Flank Steak).
2. Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc is a very important blending grape in Bordeaux and with enough vine age it can stand on its own as the principal grape in a blend. It has less tannin than its brother, Cabernet-Sauvignon, with good acidity and bright blueberry and black plum flavors. There is often an underlining minerality in Cabernet-Franc that adds complexity to Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot based blends.
Al Pastor tacos (adobo marinated Pork tacos with grilled pineapple) are wonderful with Cabernet-Franc.
3. Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon-Blanc Is the undisputed star of the Loire Valley in France where it makes the famous wines of Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre. The best Sauvignon-Blanc is fermented in cold, stainless-steel tanks and forgoes any barrel aging preserving the bright, crisp acidity, citrus flavors and an occasional tropical fruit note. This is THE wine to enjoy with Mariscos (seafood, particularly shellfish such as oysters and crab).
Chardonnay is the white grape that stars in Burgundy crafting such famous wines as Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. There are two ways to make Chardonnay, in stainless steel or older wooden tanks forgoing barrel aging and secondary fermentation which makes a medium-bodied white wine with apple and pear flavors. Or you can age Chardonnay in newer barrels and encourage a secondary fermentation which creates a buttery, creamy, full bodied white with tropical fruit flavors and a distinct oaky finish. We make both styles very well and blend them together before bottling for added complexity. Chardonnay is fantastic with Pollo Asado (Roasted Chicken).
Stay tuned for the second installment of the many fine grape varieties we grow at Viñedo San Miguel. Sign up for email newsletter to learn more.