THE ART OF WINE
a journey to create a masterpiece
The year 2017 marked the 20th Anniversary of Mi Sueño Winery. The Herrera family honored this milestone with a fantastic celebration shared with family and friends. The dream had come true and proved that the future of Mi Sueño was not just a possibility–it was real.
Rolando Herrera knew he needed to create something beyond the party to reflect the family’s journey and serve as an inspiration for the next 20 years. He explained, “I wanted to make something phenomenal, something extraordinary . . . to capture the best gifts provided by Mother Nature.”
In complete secrecy from even the family, Rolando went to work on his quest for a masterpiece, a wine expressive of the past, present, and future of Mi Sueño. “I wanted this wine to be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a handful of barrels from the best vineyards. But, I decided to approach winemaking differently than I have in the past. It needed to be interesting, unique, distinctive . . . a wine that intrigues people.”
For over three years, Rolando aged the 2017 20th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon in the best barrels from the best coopers–expert artisans he had worked with from the start of his winemaking career. Rolando knew he wanted to age this Cabernet Sauvignon more than the typical 20 to 28 months but wasn’t sure how long it would be.
“I thought it would be aged for 36 months, and that’s a long time. But when I tasted the wine at 33 months, I knew I could go longer, then at 36, I thought it could develop even more. Every month I wondered and worried if I could push it more. At 40 months, I knew the 20th Anniversary Cabernet had reached fruition.”
Rolando passionately described his “ah-ha” moment, “Wow. At 40 months, the texture, flavors, and depth were simply incredible. I have never experienced any wine like it. This wine had reached a pivotable moment, and it was time to bottle it. But it doesn’t end here. Like Mi Sueño, the 20th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon was made to last into the future. It’s a wine of transcendence.”
Even with all Rolando’s excitement, he kept the project a secret. Rolando Jr. explained, “When my dad started ordering glass and designing a silkscreen label, I kept asking, ‘What is this wine?’ He only stated, ‘It’s a secret project.’ It truly was!”
Rolando Jr. expressed deep respect for his father, “Though I didn’t know what this wine was for at first, it was interesting to witness my dad work on it. It was like watching a mad genius. He was relentless in his pursuit of a masterpiece.”
The final result is a work of art. Rolando Jr. proudly shared, “This wine is beautiful. It was created by Dreamers for Dreamers. We want to inspire people to pursue what they love passionately.”
Lorena Herrera also shared her son, Rolando Jr.’s sentiment, “That’s exactly why we do what we do. We created the 20th Anniversary Cabernet for those who have supported us and continue to do so. This wine is an expression of our gratitude.”
The 20th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a once-in-a-lifetime wine. Rolando concluded, “There is only one 20th Anniversary wine. There will never be another. I hope that our fellow dreamers enjoy this special wine for whom it was created to inspire.”
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