Thursday, April 10, 2014

2011 Ceja Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros

Springtime has finally arrived and I chose to celebrate with one of my favorite family wineries Ceja Vineyards. Sitting at the vineyard sipping the varietals while listening to Amelia tell her family history from those humble beginnings in Mexico to the success they enjoy today, you can easily see why they are so well respected. Each visitor is treated as one of the family, and you become an extension of the Ceja's where ever your home. The wines are elegant and reflect the region and vineyard where the grapes were born.

The moment I pulled the cork from the bottle there was a rush of sweet creamy vanilla racing from my glass. Ripe apple and pear with fresh chopped mint. Crisp citrus notes almost give the wine a tropical feel. Just a beautiful nose.

The mouth is creamy and rich yet full of ripe bright fruit. Sliced pear and green apple with hints of creamy vanilla and caramel followed by a citrus kick on the finish. I thought for a moment I was standing in the vineyards of carneros sipping while cooking a baked chicken/wild rice dish. Armando another vintage another beauty. Well done and an excellent wine club selection.

Check out Ceja Vineyards Tasting Salon and Art Gallery in downtown Napa on 1st Street. For those Giants fans did you know Ceja Wines are now poured at the ballpark? A great way to watch a baseball game. Family, wine and food Ceja style!


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