Vinos Pijoan Silvana 2015
Vinos Pijoan is committed to producing honest wines that incorporate the history of our terroir, reflecting its aridity, its morning fogs, the winds and the afternoon heat, followed by cold and crisp nights. We seek to create wines that reveal the land’s diverse soils, ranging from the sands of the river banks and the decomposed oceanic granite, to the iron rich red soils. On these sites with the help of the human hand, the vine flourishes and rewards us with its fruit, which is managed with the care and respect that it deserves, bearing wines of great quality.
The Americas’ oldest wine producing country, Mexico began to produce wine grapes just one year after the arrival of the Spanish in 1520. In the next decade, King Carlos V of Spain ordered that every ship headed to the New World carry vines for cultivation. Over time viticulture spread northwards through the missions into today’s state of California but since then Mexican viticulture and winemaking has faced many challenges. Today the country is experiencing a rebirth with renewed interest in its potential. While there are seven wine producing states in Mexico, the Mediterranean climate of Baja California makes it Mexico’s most important. Most of the state of California’s principal varieties grow here with great success.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.