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
2019 Rosé - L.A. Cetto
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Pale pink in the glass and essence of watermelon rind on the nose, this wine approaches you like an invitation to a luxury spa treatment - green strawberries, cucumber, and a light touch of mint and lavender meeting you at the glass. In the mouth it takes you on a bicycle ride through Santa Monica in the spring: summer dress wafting in the gentle breeze, sun-kissed hair flowing behind you. Scents of Magnolia and cherry blossoms mingle with the salt air with such a profound presence that to smell them is to taste them. The golden light of the late afternoon sun baths the world in a nectar and makes even the most mundane of scenes radiate with beauty - a moment you wish could last forever.
Pair with sunlight, (particularly sunsets, particularly with good friends), deep conversations, cured meats, poached chicken, salty cheese, and loved ones.
Drinking window: Now - 2 years
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sebastian Suarez - Argentinian by birth, now a Mexican citizen
Sand and red clay. Vines are 45 years old on average.
Stainless steel tanks for 3 months