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Rancho Tepúa Reserva Del Vinatero Palmilla Sotol Blanco 750ml

Rancho Tepúa Reserva Del Vinatero Palmilla Sotol Blanco 750ml

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Introducing the Rancho Tepúa Palmilla, a fine and unique sotol crafted by Maestro Vinatero Roberto Contreras. This exquisite spirit is produced with wild Sonoran Dasylirion wheeleri, also known as palmilla, which is painstakingly hand-harvested and prepared to preserve the essence of the Sonoran Desert.

The production process is a delicate dance of tradition and patience. The palmilla is roasted for 48 hours in an underground pit oven, teasing out a rich, smoky flavor that forms the heart of this sotol. It's then fermented with pure spring water for 8-12 days, allowing the natural, earthy flavors to develop and intensify. The final step is a meticulous distillation in a combination of copper and stainless steel, balancing the old with the new to produce a complex and harmonious spirit.

Rancho Tepúa is a testament to heritage and tradition, hailing from the vita of Roberto Contreras in Rancho Tepua, Aconchi, in Sonora. Roberto is a 5th-generation Bacanorero who mastered the craft of Bacanora production from his father, Don Lalo. Despite a 77-year ban on Bacanora production from 1915 to 1992, his family continued to distill this spirit in hidden distilleries scattered across their ranch. The term "Tepua" symbolizes an ax in the language of the Opatas, an indigenous tribe of the Sonoran Sierra Madre Mountains, and represents the primary tool used in agave harvest for Bacanora production.

Tasting Notes

On tasting, the Rancho Tepúa Palmilla surprises with its soft, delicate character, unveiling layers of earthy, fruity, and herbal notes. The overall experience can be likened to lying on cool granite rocks by a serene stream in a Sonoran oasis, savoring a ripe mango while a hint of smoked meat adds a robust twist. This exceptional sotol brings forth a sensory journey that captures the spirit and essence of the Sonoran Desert. 

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What is the difference between Tequila & Mezcal?

Tequila is a type of mezcal, much like how scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey.

Tequila and mezcal are both types of agave-based spirits that are popular in Mexico, but there are some key differences between the two. Tequila is made exclusively from the blue agave plant, which is primarily grown in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, about 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from any type of agave plant, and is often made using traditional, labor-intensive methods.

One of the most noticeable differences between tequila and mezcal is their flavor. Tequila is typically smooth and subtle, with hints of fruit and spices, while mezcal has a more complex, smoky flavor that comes from the roasting of the agave hearts before they are fermented and distilled.

Another difference between the two spirits is their production process. Tequila is typically made using modern industrial methods, while mezcal is often produced using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations. This can give mezcal a more authentic, artisanal character.

In general, tequila is considered to be a more refined and sophisticated spirit, while mezcal is often viewed as a more rustic and traditional drink. Both are popular in Mexico and are enjoyed around the world, so the best way to decide which one you like is to try them both and see which one suits your tastes.

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Currently, we only ship within California.

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California Proposition 65 Warning

Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. 
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