Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Tasting of LA Cetto Wines


2005 Chenin Blanc, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
A rich fruity nose. Good palate. Fairly rich with a touch of sweetness. Full and round, and very easy drinking. Very Good. 87/100

2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
Very, very pale appearance. Very slight, almost imperceptible nose. There is some vague sauvignon blanc character on the palate. Easy and pleasant, but it’s dull, dull, dull. Good. 82/100

2005 Chardonnay, Valle de Guadelupe, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
Fermented in stainless steel. Fresh and very clean on the nose. Quite full flavoured with some richness and a touch of acidity on the finish. Good. 83/100

2004 Chardonnay Private Reserve, Valle de Guadelupe, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
Barrel fermented. A sweetish buttery nose gives onto a round and full palate. Good. 84/100

2005 Primavera, L.A. Cetto
This is a rosé made from cabernet sauvignon. A deepish pink colour, this has sweet raspberry and blackcurrant fruit on the nose. A bit disjointed on the palate, but there are some good flavours. There’s a rather harsh feel on the finish. Good-ish. 81/100

2004 Zinfandel, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
This has some scented, floral fruit on the nose, with lots of blackberry notes. Very open, fresh and fruity on the palate, this feels positively juicy. Lovely and very easy for a zin. Very Good Indeed. 92/100

2004 Petite Sirah, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
Rather closed, green hedgerow nose. Rich and full on the palate with a big structure and soft, yet hefty tannins on the finish. Very Good Indeed. 89/100

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
Barrel aged for 12 months. This has a very sweet, ripe nose with restrained blackcurrant fruit. Ripe and very fruity palate. Good finish. Nice structure. Very Good Indeed. 90/100

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
This was aged for 12 months in barrel and for a further 18 months in bottle. It has a very attractive toasty oaky cassis nose. Lovely attack. Nice silky texture in the mouth. Very smooth with really nice fruit. Very Good Indeed. 93/100

2001 Nebbiolo Private Reserve, Baja California, L.A. Cetto
This was aged for 16 months in barrel and then a further two years in bottle. The nose is rather closed with some slight, sweet cherry fruit. Very smooth and silky on the attack. Fills out nicely on the palate. There are some fairly big tannins, but it is well balanced. Very Good. 88/100

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