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Ceja Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir - Review

Carneros, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week November 14, 2011

A bottle of Ceja Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir, our wine of the week

Ceja Vineyards
2008 Pinot Noir

Carneros, CA

Pablo and Juanita Ceja and their children emigrated from Mexico to the United States in 1967. They settled in Northern California's Carneros region, drawn by its temperate climate. Having grown up among the vines, son Armando went on to study enology and viticulture. Pooling their resources with their sons Armando and Pedro and Pedro's wife Amelia, Pablo and Juanita invested in their first 15-acre vineyard in 1983. Today, the Cejas farm more than 100 acres of vines and produce wines ranging from sparkling to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah to, of course, the signature Carneros grape, Pinot Noir. The Ceja Vineyards 2008 Carneros Pinot is made in a refreshingly bright, acidic, food-friendly style of American Pinot. On the nose it offers a delicate floral bouquet with hints of red cherries and rose hip tea. Fresh fruit flavors dominate on the palate, including red currant, plum and cherry, backed by an earthy herbal note and caramel on the finish. With its vibrant acidity and reasonably restrained flavors, the wine would work well with many foods, including the upcoming turkey feast. Or try it with olive oil poached salmon, ratatouille or, as a nod to the Ceja family's heritage, pork tamales.

Rating: 14/20

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