Being a Barolo lover (a wine made from the Nebbiolo grape in the North-Eastern region of Piedmont, Italy) I was like “What?  Wait!” when I saw this bottle in my local wine store. A Nebbiolo wine, made in Mexico? There was no way I was passing this up. L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2012 comes from a medium-sized producer called L.A. Cetto, located in Baja California, Mexico. Don’t let the name fool you.  While it borders the US, Baja California is indeed a state of Mexico.

Unbeknown to most, Mexico has a rich history in wine making with vines first planted by the Spanish in the 16th century. Today, varietals native to Italy, France, and Spain can be found, with 85% of the wineries located in Baja, California. L.A. Cetto itself was formed in 1975 and now boasts of exports to 27 international markets such as France, Spain, Germany, United States and Canada.

L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2012

On colour, L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2012 holds a blood red hue. On the nose, herb, vanilla, floral hints, and cherry are noted. On the palate, strawberry, deep anise, caramel at the back of the mouth, tobacco, chocolate, and an unexpected burst of acidity are noted, wrapped up in a long finish.

L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2012 is different from the Nebbiolo found in Italy largely due to climate. This Mexican Nebbiolo has a higher acidic mouth feel and is not as full as what you would find in an  Italian Nebbiolo. However, taking this wine for what it is, a Nebbiolo out of Mexico, it is not bad. It pairs great with blue cheeses, and all cuts of steak. If you too are an Italian Nebbiolo fan, I think you would find this wine an interesting experience.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $19.95

We gave this wine a score of 4 out of 5