The secret is the terroir.

Author:Ferraez, J.

ON OCTOBER 22 Latino Leaders Magazine hosted its ninth annual Maestro Awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas. During the Winemaker Reception we welcomed seven Latino owned wineries from Napa: Maldonado Family Vineyards, Robledo Family Winery, Alex Sotelo Cellars, Ceja Vineyards, Honrama Cellars, Voces Cellars and Mi Sueno Winery.

All wineries had their founders or Presidents serve their wines to guests. My final conclusion after tasting all of them is still the same that I had when I came to know all of these wineries: they all make a magnificent wine.

Their secret: the terroir, the fruit equals a high quality raw material that makes a great wine. Latino winemakers are people that have years perfecting the technique and art of growing fruit to make wine.

Marita's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Select Private Reserve 2013 (sent by the winery for it's review)

Region: Napa Valley, Coombsville

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $170. Aromas: Coffee, Red Currant, Violet Flavors: Black Fruit, Vanilla, Blueberry marmalade

Impression: Powerful concentration, elegant Structure: Fantastic Body and structure Drink with: Tiny Filet Mignon with a sophisticated sauce Why I loved this wine? Silky, complicated but rich and sophisticated My Rating: 96 pts.

Maldonado Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Toll Road" 2012 (sent by the winery for it's review)

Region: Napa Valley, Calistoga

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $ 85

Aromas: Currant, Tobacco, Mocha

Flavors: Red Ripe fruit, Pepper

Impression: Good strength, great balance Structure: Powerful, silky Drink with: Rib Eye Steak, Prime Rib

Why I loved this wine? It is elegant

My Rating: 94 pts.

Mi Sueno Chardonnay "Los Carneros" 2012 (sent by the winery for it's review)

Region: Napa Valley, Los...

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