L.A. Cetto 2002 Nebbiolo

Posted on May 23, 2009

L.A. Cetto has been producing wine for over 30 years and has earned numerous accolades for its efforts. With over 840,000 wine produced per year and 2,500 acres of vineyards, Cetto represents nearly half of the Mexican wine market. Besides Nebbiolo, Cetto produces wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat Canelli. L.A. Cetto is located in the Guadalupe Valley, just east of Ensenada in northern Baja California. Wine was first grown here in the late 19th century by missionaries, but only began attracting attention recently.


Winery - L.A. Cetto Winery

Location - Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico

Wine - L.A. Cetto 2002 Private Reserve Nebbiolo

Grape Varieties -  Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Appellation - Valle de Guadalupe

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price - $20 USD


Nose/Aroma - White pepper with strawberry rhubarb and a hint of toasted oak.

Palate/Flavors - Blackberry and currants, white pepper, toasted oak, tobbaco, and a touch of vanilla. Med-high acid, med-high bitterness, slightly unbalanced.

Food Pairing - Would go well with red meats and tomato-based dishes. Maybe carne asada fajitas with tomatillo soup or lamb shanks with garlic mashed potatoes.

Comments - Nice wine. Shows an old world winemaking approach in a new world region, still a bit surprising that L.A. Cetto is the largest Nebbiolo producer outside of Italy.