Anchor Distilling

BarSol

Ica Valley, Peru

Authentic Peruvian Pisco Brought To Life Through A Diverse Range Of Traditional Expressions

The Revival of Bodega San Isidro

BarSol is leading the pisco renaissance into the modern age with the revitalization of the historic Bodega San Isidro in the Ica Valley region of Peru, which has long been recognized for its pisco production. The historic Bodega San Isidro facility is located in the southern extremes of the Ica Valley pisco grape growing region, which is near the Tacaraca Huaca ruins dating back to the days of the Incas. The estate was founded in the 1800s; however, the oldest verifiable documents in the local town archives date back to 1919, when Bodega San Isidro and a series of plantations were all part of a single purchase/sale transaction. Back in 1940, the bodega's owner was a skilled master distiller named Doña Blanca Mendiola, whose family made renowned pisco for decades. Her only son, Don Alfredo Mendiola Martinez, took over from his mother in the 1960s, but sadly closed down the commercial operation in 1968 when the military government expropriated all their land. In 2002, the Bodega San Isidro found new ownership under Carlos Ferreyros and Diego Loret de Mola with a vision to bring to every "bar" in the world the ultimate pisco produced under the "sol" (sun) of Ica, hence the brand "BarSol." The pride of the distillery is the century-old, original estate-owned copper pot stills that are used to make all of BarSol's piscos, under the guidance of master distiller Alfredo Mendiola Martinez. In addition, the structure of the distillery has been reconditioned in order to maintain the artisanal style of the 100-year-old distillery.

Pisco & San Francisco

Pisco was a veritable celebrity in San Francisco's pre-Prohibition age. Thanks to the 1848 Gold Rush, the West Coast's population ballooned and shipments from Peru increased dramatically, granting pisco a period of immense popularity. The epicenter for consumption was a saloon called the Bank Exchange Saloon, standing where the Transamerica building is today. There, head bartender and owner Duncan Nicol is credited with inventing the legendary Pisco Punch. During the 1870s, the cocktail was by far the most popular drink in San Francisco, even though it sold for 25 cents a glass, a high price for those days. Seafaring fans dubbed Nicol "Pisco John," and spread his fame across the seven seas. Having never divulged his secret recipe to anyone else, the true formula for the punch's preparation died with Nicol in 1926. Variations abounded after his death as bartenders strove to recreate the legendary cocktail, or its nearest approximation. Tragedy struck again with the onset of Prohibition, and it was only after Repeal in 1933 that the clamoring and thirsty crowds could resume their obsession. Many pisco-focused bars opened, including one named "House of Pisco," and today you can find the Pisco Punch gracing drink menus throughout San Francisco.


Products:

BarSol Perfecto Amor
BarSol Perfecto Amor

Perfecto Amor, or Perfect Love, is named after the perfect marriage of pisco and grape juice obtained shortly after the grape crush. Crafted in small batches, BarSol Perfecto Amor is a blend of fortified grape juice from the quebranta, italia and torontel varietals. Each grape is pressed separately and fortified with pisco distilled from that same grape before the varietals are blended to become BarSol Perfecto Amor. 17% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Tawny golden in color, Barsol Perfecto Amor has the nose filled with caramel and nutty aromas to sweet almonds and macadamia nuts, entwined with flavors of raisins, dry apricots and a touch of quince paste. When tasting it these characteristics intensify followed with a salty-sweet element combined with roasted hazelnuts and and earthy honeyed quality. It has a smooth, long finish, creating a seamless balance on the palate.

  • Finalist, 91 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2014
  • Chairman's Trophy, 93 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2013
BarSol Primero Quebranta Pisco
BarSol Primero Quebranta Pisco

This pisco is produced from wine resulting from the fermentation of 100% quebranta grapes from the Ica Valley. Adhering to the classic pot-distillation method used for centuries in Peru, BarSol Quebranta is crafted in small batches and distilled to bottle proof; neither water nor any other ingredients are added. 41.3% ABV

Tasting Notes:

BarSol Primero boasts subtle aromas and flavors of hay, banana, bakers pastry and ripe dark berry fruit balanced with delicate citrus notes, apricot blossom with pecan and dark chocolate notes, that evolve into a seductively long and elegant finish.

  • Silver Medal, Highly Recommended - International Review of Spirits, 2012
  • Double Gold Medal, Top Pisco - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2007
BarSol Selecto Italia Pisco
BarSol Selecto Italia Pisco

Made from 100% Italia grapes, a close relative to the Muscat grape family, this is a favorite among piscos for its aromatic floral qualities and overall sweetness. All the grapes are sourced from the Ica Valley and undergo a full fermentation before distillation in small batches on a copper pot still. No water or other additives are added. 41.3% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Extraordinarily aromatic with hints of honey suckle and lighter notes of rose petals; also of tropical fruits such as melon and ripe pineapple. On the palate, those notes are intensified with citrus hints, with a nice structured full bodied and elegant finish.

  • Finalist, 92 Points - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2013
  • 92 Points, Gold Medal, Exceptional - International Review of Spirits, 2012
  • Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2012
BarSol Selecto Acholado Pisco
BarSol Selecto Acholado Pisco

This product is the result of a blend of piscos distilled from the best selection of three pisco grape varietals of the Ica region: quebranta, italia and torontel. The breakdown is approximately 65-70% quebranta, 20% italia and 10% torontel, though the master blender keeps the true proportions a secret. The process beautifully incorporates the best characteristics of all three piscos, creating a spirit greater than the sum of its parts. 41.3% ABV

Tasting Notes:

On the nose it presents aromas of ripe fruit with light floral notes intensifying on the palate and complimented with hints of spices and pecans. It ends with a soft and delicate finish.

  • Silver Medal, Highly Recommended - International Review of Spirits, 2012
  • Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2007
BarSol Supremo Mosto Verde Italia Pisco
BarSol Supremo Mosto Verde Italia Pisco

Mosto Verde Italia is the magnum opus of artisanal pisco. This product differs from other BarSol expressions in that it undergoes a partial fermentation instead of a full fermentation. As a result, the wine that is distilled has an initial lower alcohol content of about 3-5%, with high residual sugars, aromas and flavors of the fresh Italia grapes. 41.8% ABV

Tasting Notes:

It is a supreme symphony of aromas and fragrances of ripen wild fruit mixed with pears and citrus fruit. It harmoniously integrates a delicate and refined texture, exquisitely soft and seductive, and unquestionably elegant.

  • Chairman's Trophy, 95 Points, Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2013
  • 93 Points, Gold Medal, Exceptional - International Review of Spirits, 2012
  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2011