The L.A. Cetto Estate
- Started in 1928 by Don Angelo Cetto who survived WWI and then migrated to Mexico in 1924. Angelo started from scratch, buying grapes to make port and grappa, but he and his family have clawed their way to the top. Cetto is now Mexico' s largest producer of wine. Today, a third generation family-owned business, its continual high quality is one of the truly remarkable feats in the world of wine. Among the standards they use to achieve this are:
- Only using their own estate-owned vineyards to source their fruit. They don't buy or sell any of their harvest.
- All grapes are still picked and manually selected by hand.
- Employ top of the wine enologists to lead the production. Camillo Magoni "Yoda of Valle de Guadalupe" ran the operation for decades, and Sebastien Suarez is at the helm today. Both are some of the most well-respected winemakers in the Valle.
Total production: 2,500 acres under vine, 22 wines, 1.4 million cases
2016 Classic Line Zinfandel - L.A. Cetto
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Spice and balance define this red wine, whose old vine fruit bring more to the bottle than one might have come to expect from this grape variety. Anise, black berry, spices, vanilla and sweet tobacco permeate the nose of this sleeper and carry over into their flavor counterparts once on the palate. This is most certainly ready to go, so don't wait. Enjoy it for the next several years.
Drinking window: Now - 4 years
Sebastian Suarez - Argentinian by birth, now a Mexican citizen
Sandy soils with deep red clay. Average vine age 55 years.
Stainless steel tanks, no malolactic