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Wine Recommendation

Ceja Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley)

Ceja Vineyards

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley)

Almost everything this producer makes, with vineyard holdings on the Sonoma and Napa sides of Los Carneros, is consistent and consistently pleasing. Especially to those of us who appreciate terroir-driven wines that show the origin of their fruit.

This 2002 has warm black cherry aromas and brambly black cherry flavors with bright acidity in the mid-palate. This is not a hit-you-over-the-noggin’ kind of wine, which is not the Ceja family’s style, but there’s plenty of strength here. Begin drinking it now but in a year or two I think it will soften, and continue to do so over the ensuing dozen years.

Somehow, the Ceja’s manage to bring many of their wines in under the 14-percent alcohol level – most likely having to do with the cool Carneros climate. But this wine doesn’t come from the Carneros but rather from Ceja’s Silverado Trail Vineyard that’s planted to five acres of Cabernet and is situated between the Stags Leap District and the town of Napa, where it’s still cooler than up-valley, but not as cool as the Carneros.

This one still manages, however, to come in at a listed 13.7 percent alcohol. The wine spent 29 months in French oak, 58-60% of which was new. There were 300 cases produced.

Reviewed November 16, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.

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The Wine

Winery: Ceja Vineyards
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $40.00

Review Date: 11/16/2006

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.