The Cieli Estate
- Established in 2012, Ron is a one-man-show. While he doesn't own his own grapes, his oversight of the rows he sources from is very hands-on, and he vinifies everything personally.
- All wines, (except Dolchezza Seco) are aged for 12 months in either 1st or second use American oak barrels.
- Since he insists on having the highest level of attention to detail in the wines he makes and in using only the best grapes, his production is limited to what he can make himself. - He gets his grapes from three sources:
- A few select rows of 20 year old vineyard sites near the valley floor of Valle de Guadalupe.
- Vines in a low elevation vineyard in Valle de San Vicente very close to the Pacific.
- 75 + year old vines in a vineyard at 3,500ft in Ojos Negros - organically farmed.
Total production: 6 wines, 750 cases
2017 Il Gran Cieli Reserva - Bodegas Cieli
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
The only time Cieli has made a monovarietal Nebbiolo, this wine comes from just 2 barrels that simply couldn't be used for a blend. The wine opens with distinguished scents of leather, tar, black licorice, and cherry and unfold into a mouthful of cranberry, white pepper and sweet tobacco. For those that have a drive for that 'barnyard' characteristic common in well-aged wines from Bordeaux and Chateauneuf du Pape, this is the wine for you.
Only 50 cases made
Drinking window: Now - 10 years
Don Cieli - American by birth. Now a Mexican citizen. Don Cieli - American by birth. Now a Mexican citizen.
This Nebbiolo, which comes from vines over 40 years old, originates from a high elevation site in Ojos Negros (3,500 ft). The soil is composed primarily decomposed quartz, granite, and volcanic debris.
Fermented for 10 days on the skins and seeds in stainless steel tanks and then left to soak with the skins and seeds for an additional month once being moved to the barrel. All barrels composed of American oak 2nd use.
Sulfites: 35 ppm