Saturday, February 21, 2015

2011 Ceja Vineyards Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros

Picturesque Carneros, world renowned for producing some of the finest pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wines is home to some exceptional wineries and vineyards. Rolling fields of grapevines showcase the beauty of the region and await the many visitors who embark on wine country. One of my favorite and one of the first I fell in love with was Ceja Vineyards Known for their love of food and great wine, this is truly a family affair with many generations of Ceja's involved in the business. Here is where you will meet Amelia Ceja President who works tirelessly promoting her family wines. Son Ariel and daughter Dalia along with Pedro and Armando greet guests warmly as if they were family regardless of the moment. They are husbands, winemakers, marketers and social media experts not forgetting the roots they planted in the early days. Amelia will always laugh when I tell her the Ceja's are my adopted Carneros Family. She will tell you all the fans of Ceja Wine are their extended family.

The 2011 Napa Valley-Carneros Pinot Noir is so beautifully aromatic with wild cherry blossoms screaming from the glass when first poured. Layers of plum, strawberry, black tea and that hibiscus scent unique to carneros treat the nose as well. Close my eyes and I swear I'm standing in the vineyards with a soft breeze in my face.

Have I told you how much I love this Pinot Noir? Fresh cut cherry, raspberry and strawberry explode in the mouth. Red current and dried herbs give the wine the grown up character yet the finish is soft and silky. One very delicious Pinot Armando! I'll need to order more before this sells out.

Would you like to have these wines delivered to your door before they are released to the tasting room then I highly suggest signing up for the Ceja Wine Club Three levels await the wine lover 3-6-12 bottle shipments. Heading out to wine country then stop by the new tasting salon located at 22989 Burndale Road in Sonoma where your palate will enjoy some of the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and another of my favorites Vino De Casa. When you do tell my family hello.


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