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 Sierra Blanca Tempranillo - L.A. Cetto
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A Tempranillo that shows you, (if you aren't already aware) screwtops are no longer a sign of a cheap poorly made wine. While the price of this wine won't break the bank, the quality it delivers may blow your mind. Toasted oak laced with bright cherries, red fruits, leather and wet stone lead to a velvety mouth feel, filled with blackberry jam, cured meats, coconut and rosemary. This one is ready to go but will last for another 5 years.
Drinking window: Now - 5 years
Sebastian Suarez - Argentinian by birth, now a Mexican citizen
Mainly sandy sites. Some high in granite and clay as well.
9 months in French oak barrels, 30% new 70% used