Thursday, August 20, 2015

L. A. Cetto 2010 Petite Sirah Private Reserve - Award-Winning Deliciousness

2010 L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah Private Reserve Credit Bill Rockwell
    Recently, I wrote on my blog about two great wines from Mexico - to be more exact from Baja, California’s Valle de Guadalupe. The L.A. Cetto 2011 Private Reserve Chardonnay and the 2009 Private Reserve Nebbiolo got high marks from me as delicious eye-openers underscoring the fact that quality wine can be made in Mexico given the right conditions.
Last month, I discovered that five L.A. Cetto wines won medals at the prestigious 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, including a double gold for its 2010 Petite Sirah Private Reserve.
The San Francisco International Wine Competition has been a highly reputable competition since their 1980 debut. It has been called the "largest and most influential wine competition in America" and has been setting standards for professional wine judging for the last 35 years. The judges themselves are chosen from the most experienced wine experts around the world.
    Since 1996, L.A. Cetto has received more than 225 International Awards and are poured everywhere from the trendiest New York City and Los Angeles eateries to Presidential Dinners at the White House.
    The L.A. Cetto Winery has proven to be a creative force in the industry by producing award-winning quality wines at affordable prices. Camillo Margoni, L.A. Cetto’s chief oenologist, has been nurturing the vines, overseeing the grapes’ development and creating masterful wines for 40 years.
    The ideal weather conditions for growing the grapes come from its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the mountains ranges of the Valle de Guadalupe. The major winegrowing sub regions – the Guadalupe, Calafia, San Vincente, and Santo Tomás Valleys – produce nearly 90 percent of all Mexican wines and benefit from the cooling ocean breezes and mists. Hot days and cool nights is a classic wine growing combination throughout the world, allowing grapes to develop their sugars without a corresponding drop in acidity.
    Able to sample a bottle of L.A. Cetto’s 2010 award winning Private Reserve Petite Sirah, I found the wine very full-bodied with a great structure. Visually, the wine in the glass is a dark ruby red; aromatically, it has a spicy nose bolstered by plum and blackberry notes.
    The wine has a long, lingering finish that accentuates is berry-laden qualities.  Made from 100 percent Petite Sirah grapes, the wine is aged in oak barrels 12 months and comes with 13.8% alcohol. The price ranges from $17 to $20. Enjoyable on its own as a sipping wine, it can also be served with gilled red meats, strong cheeses and dark chocolate desserts.
    Note: The 2012 L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah also took home a gold from the Concourse Mondiale in Brussels, Belgium in 2014.

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