24 months in French oak made magic from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot in this small production beauty from Ceja. Winery operations are a family affair here; Matriarch Amelia Moran Ceja was the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery, and she works hand in hand with her daughter Dalia to deliver wines like this playful, graceful blend to share with our families. Complex in both aroma and flavor, layers of blackberry, vanilla and violet intertwine on a plush, velvety palate for a true delight.
If there's a winery story more emblematic of The American Dream than Ceja Vineyards, we would love to hear about it. The story of Ceja begins in the 1950s, when patriarch and Mexican immigrant Pablo Ceja began working in the vineyards of the Napa Valley. By 1967, his wife and 6 children had joined him in St. Helena, and the family threw themselves into working for area wineries, and eventually settled in Carneros. In 1983, Pablo, Juanita, son Armando, and son Pedro and his wife Amelia pooled all of their life savings and bought 15 acres in Carneros. By 1986, 13 acres of Pinot Noir were planted. In 1999, they launched Ceja Vineyards as a winery. Today the Cejas own and control 113 acres, comprised of 2 vineyards in Sonoma, 1 vineyard in Petaluma, and 1 vineyard in Napa. Known primarily for their outstanding Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, it is immensely gratifying to be a part of the success of this all-hands-on-deck, dizzying family affair of a winery.