L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006

Member Review by Tyler Worth:

80 points. This wine has a bright pure red color with a lightness that is somewhat surprising for the fairly high (14%) alcohol content. The nose is very interesting with a distinct desert terroir. I was expecting oceanic nuances because of how close to the coast this wine is, but instead, I get a rustic, sun-baked theme that seems to run through everything in the aroma. There is a clear strawberry jam tone, but it is tinted with a tumbleweed and dried tobacco leaf component that makes me think of a farmhouse out on the plains somewhere. I also get a little bit of espresso, licorice, and something slightly charred and minerally, like the stones around a fire pit. That same smoky stone is the first thing I notice on the palate. There is also a dried strawberry, leather, kind of prickly pear and cactus pad flavor going on as well. There is some sun-baked fruit, clay, and tumbleweed on the finish to really drive home the desert terroir that I pick up. Sure, those might sound like strange descriptors, but what I find most unusual about this wine is that it’s salty. It actually tastes like there is a good kick of soy sauce in there. I don’t know if I like it or not, but it’s definitely not something that you encounter everyday. Plus, to me, it does kind of make sense, Baja is a hot, arid, peninsula right next to the ocean, and I think this wine does an excellent job of capturing the seemingly opposing essences of desert and sea spray. This is not the most enjoyable Zinfandel I have ever had. It is very dry with almost no acidity and it has a little bit of heat from the alcohol. Plus, that salty quality might scare away most people. That being said, I think this wine has an amazing sense of place and just for that alone I would say that it is, although maybe only for the brave Worth Trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Mexican Wines for Cinco de Mayo ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/05/05/post-11-mexican-wines-for-cinco-de-mayo/ )

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L.A. Cetto:
Vinos Cetto bajo la tutela y dirección de Don Luis Agustín Cetto, en 1963, da paso a una transformación y modernización vertigininosa, de la Vitininicultura. Pionero del Valle de Guadalupe, se enfoca en la introducción de variedades de Uvas finas, explorando las diversas tierras y climas de toda la región. Culminando su proceso de vinificación... Read more
Vinos Cetto bajo la tutela y dirección de Don Luis Agustín Cetto, en 1963, da paso a una transformación y modernización vertigininosa, de la Vitininicultura. Pionero del Valle de Guadalupe, se enfoca en la introducción de variedades de Uvas finas, explorando las diversas tierras y climas de toda la región. Culminando su proceso de vinificación, en 1975 con la puesta en marcha de Vinícola L.A. Cetto. Con la visión, de ofrecer a México, lo mejor de Baja California. Translation for those of you who are not that fluent in Spanish:: Under the Leadership of Don Luis Augustin Cetto, the Cetto winery performed a complete tranformation and modernization of the winemaking in 1963. As a pioneer of the the “Valle de Guadalupe” Cetto focuses on the introduction of fine grape varieties exploring the diverse soil and climates of the whole region. With the vision to offer the best of Baja California to Mexico in 1975 the company introduced the L.A. Cetto winery. Today, Luis Alberto, third generation in this winemaking history, continues the tradition that was started by his grandfather. He shares the vision of Don Luis and succeeded in a short period of time to export to 27 international markets, such as France, Spain, Germany, USA, Canada to name a few. The company won more than 150 prestigious prices all around the world. Three Generations with the tradition of excellent winemaking. Hoy, con Luis Alberto, tercera generación de esta historia vitivinícola, integrado plenamente a la tradición que inició su abuelo. Comparte la visión de Don Luis, y alcanzan en corto tiempo a 27 mercados Internacionales, como Francia, España, Alemanía, Estados Unidos, Canadá, por nombrar algunos. Y suman más de 150 premios en los concursos más prestigiosos del mundo. Tres generaciones con Tradición en la excelencia vitivinícola. Read less

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Snooth User: Tyler Worth
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2.50 5
07/17/2010

80 points. This wine has a bright pure red color with a lightness that is somewhat surprising for the fairly high (14%) alcohol content. The nose is very interesting with a distinct desert terroir. I was expecting oceanic nuances because of how close to the coast this wine is, but instead, I get a rustic, sun-baked theme that seems to run through everything in the aroma. There is a clear strawberry jam tone, but it is tinted with a tumbleweed and dried tobacco leaf component that makes me think of a farmhouse out on the plains somewhere. I also get a little bit of espresso, licorice, and something slightly charred and minerally, like the stones around a fire pit. That same smoky stone is the first thing I notice on the palate. There is also a dried strawberry, leather, kind of prickly pear and cactus pad flavor going on as well. There is some sun-baked fruit, clay, and tumbleweed on the finish to really drive home the desert terroir that I pick up. Sure, those might sound like strange descriptors, but what I find most unusual about this wine is that it’s salty. It actually tastes like there is a good kick of soy sauce in there. I don’t know if I like it or not, but it’s definitely not something that you encounter everyday. Plus, to me, it does kind of make sense, Baja is a hot, arid, peninsula right next to the ocean, and I think this wine does an excellent job of capturing the seemingly opposing essences of desert and sea spray. This is not the most enjoyable Zinfandel I have ever had. It is very dry with almost no acidity and it has a little bit of heat from the alcohol. Plus, that salty quality might scare away most people. That being said, I think this wine has an amazing sense of place and just for that alone I would say that it is, although maybe only for the brave Worth Trying. Source: What's Worth Drinking: Mexican Wines for Cinco de Mayo ( http://whatsworthdrinking.com/2010/05/05/post-11-mexican-wines-for-cinco-de-mayo/ )


Snooth User: saxxxu
99226534
3.50 5
01/25/2012

fresh and clean, very well balanced, light on the nose, strong yet not overwhelming raspberry flavor, just the right amount of sweet, this is a happy wine great for beginners but will please many,very refreshing and easy to drink, i am not a big fan of whites but this one will be a keeper in my cellar, perfect for sipping with friends, kick back after a long day, only downside is i had not seen this anywhere in the states at least here in colorado but i do visit baja every once in a while


Snooth User: Majikk
40225450
3.00 5
03/09/2009

Three glasses




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