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
2018 Don Luis Viognier - L.A. Cetto
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A white wine that has to be experienced to be believed. Coming from Cetto's top tier Don Luis line, this Viognier set the bar for the variety in Mexico. Dried pineapple, honeysuckle and mango on the nose are the dress rehearsal for a main act of complicated tropical fruits comingled with the bright acidity of under-ripe tangerine pineapple rind in a rich almost oily mouth feel that seems to take you to the land where palm trees sway.
Drinking window: Now - 4 years
Sebastian Suarez - Argentinian by birth, now a Mexican citizen
Mainly sandy sites. Some high in granite and clay as well.
Stainless steel tanks for 8 months