Witch Creek 2011 Valle de Guadalupe Sangiovese

Posted on November 2, 2014

Witch Creek Winery is one of San Diego's oldest commercial wineries. They started off in the quaint countryside town of Ramona in the early 1990's. Shortly after, they relocated their facility to the vibrant coastal city of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. Like most of San Diego's urban wineries, Witch Creek sources their fruit from various appellations around California (San Diego County, Clarksburg, El Dorado Hills, and Paso Robles), and also south of the border from Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.

I have always been intrigued by the Valle de Guadalupe region and their wines, though I must sadly admit that I have never visited the wineries there despite being born and raised in San Diego (only needed to drive about an hour or so to get there!). I was immediately attracted to this Sangiovese offering when I saw it in the Witch Creek tasting room and it didn't disappoint.


Winery - Witch Creek Winery

Location - Carlsbad, California

Wine - Witch Creek 2011 Valle de Guadalupe Sangiovese

Grape Varieties - Sangiovese

Appellation - Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Alcohol - 13.4% v/v

Price -$27 USD

Nose/Aroma - Pine tar, white pepper and dried red fruit.

Palate/Flavors - Bright cranberries, white pepper, and cedar. Relatively light bodied with a linear acid structure, medium bitterness, and very little astringency. Pretty short finish.

Food Pairing - Great food wine, Sangiovese typically is. Since this one is from Baja, how about some nice street tacos?

Comments - Very nice wine, a good example of Sangiovese in the New World that isn't flabby or overly fruity.