One of my favorite grapes is Pinot Noir. It is elegant but seductive, subtle but lush, straight-forward but complex. It is said that this is the most difficult grape both to grow and ferment, and that most of the time, the winemaking process of Pinot seems outright eccentric.
This is why it is regarded as a grape that produces very noble wines, capable of achieving beautiful maturity full of layers of flavors without losing raciness or structure.
The classic example of Pinot is Burgundy, both because it is the most ancient place where it has been grown and the fact that some of the most expensive cult wines in the world are grown there. Burgundy Pinot is to put it simple, relentlessly savory. There are other places where Pinot is also of higher quality; mainly Oregon in the US and New Zealand. Oregon, in my opinion gets all of the earthy and dirt character to the wines, and New Zealand takes on a much fruitier and mellow expression. But most people who like Pinot always want to drink Pinot, and most people who go on vacation always want to drink local wines, if there are any. Before this year, I thought that it was impossible to find an interesting Mexican Pinot. They were all too mineral and vintners oaked the wines a lot in order to mask the slightly hotter climate, which ended literally sucking all of the magic complexity of this vine and delivering bland and boring examples in the best of cases.
This year, however, I’m happy to announced that I have discovered a wine that has left me both perplexed and amused, as it has both the complexity and savor to proudly carry the Pinot Noir legend on its label. I am talking about a producer from Parras, Coahuila state, a place with slightly better climate conditions for this grape. The name of the producer is Don Leo, and its wines are made by the brilliant Mexican winemaker Francisco Rodríguez, the winemaking director at Casa Madero, one of the most renowned Mexican wineries.
The Pinot that Paco brought to the world has all of what you could ask from the grape, but maintaining a regional terroir. I invite you to come by the restaurant soon, and, if you happen to be a Pinot Noir fan; to try the revelation (for me) wine of the year: Don Leo Pinot Noir. It pairs amazingly well with our fantastic Pollito de Leche and our Duck Magret. Remember that after nine we have our Wine O’clock hour with a special discount on all of our labels upon request. Come by the restaurant soon, before I drink all of the Don Leo bottles that I have!