2018 Valle Girl Vino Clever Girl La Chula Vin Gris
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Empty bottle weight: 17.0 ounces / 482 grams
Low sulfites, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan
Valle Girl Vino is not your usual winery! Mother/daughter duo Sitara and Ava started making wine in 2012 with the goal of playing by their own rules and not those established by others. With bright pink capsules and colorful labels with some serious flair, Valle Girl Vino wines stand out from the pack. I love this quote from their website:
This wine was made using Grenache noir grapes grown in a Valle de Guadalupe vineyard was planted by Russian immigrants in the early 1900s. Because white grapes were scarce during the harvest of 2018, winemaker Sitara decided to try an old French winemaking technique and lightly pressed the red grapes, allowing very little skin contact in order to achieve a light copper color. The result is called Vin Gris since red grapes were used to make a (mostly) white wine.
Bouquet and palate:
Mineral notes of flint, along with ripe raspberries and pears were lifted by flavors of underripe apricots and a spicy white ginger finish.
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