I was in Mexico over the weekend; first Tijuana, and then Mexico City. I am a huge fan of Mexico. I have a number of very close friends from there, and I have been going there regularly since my grandfather started taking me fishing near Guaymas when I was a young boy. So it feels like home to me.
I was hanging out with David Tourgamen from La Casa del Habano, a cigar shop in Tijuana, and we decided to get some lunch at about 3 pm on Friday. I guess we forgot, but Mexicans tend to eat late anyway.
We went to some Argentine steak joint for lunch, and I saw that they had some L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2002 on the list. "Boom," I thought to myself. "We gotta get this, man."
The waiter brought it over, opened and poured the bottle. And right away the glass was full of roses and berries on the nose that followed through to the palate. It was medium to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long fresh finish. It was 35 bucks on the wine list. I gave it 88 points, non-blind.
I am a great fan of this wine, of which I have had a number of vintages over the years. And it seems to be one of the best Nebbiolos (outside of Piedmont) made in the world. This may not be saying much, because Nebbiolo is not a very popular grape outside of Langhe, but this one shows some of the aromatic, firm texture of the real deal. And it's not expensive.
While in DF (Mexico City), I had a bottle of the 2005 Ensamble Colina BaI from Paralelo Winery. This is a new winery from the makers of Casa de Piedra, clearly one of the top wineries in Baja California. And I was really impressed. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Syrah, with a hint of Zinfandel.
What I found out on the web is that the grapes come from hillside vineyards in the area, and it is given the full monty of grape selection, fermentation and new wood maturation. It's a focused and polished wine, with lots of rich yet subtle fruit, berry, and blackberry flavor. It¹s delicious now. 90 points, non-blind.
Incidentally, I never ended up eating at the Argentine restaurant in Tijuana. David started taking about lobster tacos at Puerto Nuevo, near Rosarito, and I said I was dying for some. We cancelled our steak orders and drove down to the beach.
Aah. Nothing better than freshly grilled lobster, hot sauce and rice in a flour tortilla, not to mention the bottles of ice cold Bohemia beer.
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