Rancho Tepúa is the name of the ranch that the Contreras family have lived and worked on for five generations. They have 5150 acres of pristine mountainous ranch land where they raise cattle and make bacanora, along with other traditional spirits of Sonora.
Bacanora is an agave spirit made in the state of Sonora. There is a long history of distillation in this region, but due to a 77 year prohibition few people have had the opportunity to try spirits from it until recently. You can find producers like Rancho Tepúa that use traditional methods (think mezcal) and others that have a more modern approach (think tequila). While there are a variety of agave species found in the region, only Pacifica can be used as stated by the denomination of origin.
Pacifica (A. Angustifolia)
Aconchi, El Río Sonora, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sonora, Mexico
OVEN / FUEL
Cylindrical pit / mesquite
Wild fermented in stainless steel for 8-12 days (with bagasso)
2x in alembic of copper (with bagasso)
Aroma – bright and fruity
Taste – orange blossom, potting soil, mesquite
Texture – medium body and finish
Varies by batch