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Ceago is Nectar of the Gods

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 at 2:54 pm in Uncategorized.

So I’m working on a story about organic wines, a big trend of late, and tasted one last night that blew me away: Ceago Vinegarden’s 2001 Merlot.

My roommate called it the "most merlot merlot I’ve had in a long time." Now, we know that 2001 was a stellar year for grapes, and anything made then is probably ready to drink now, but there was something more to it. It tasted like wine SHOULD taste, not oaky, not bitter, not sweet. Do you know what I mean?

Ceago is actually one step further than organic — their wines are biodynamic, meaning that in addition to being free of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and other synthetic chemicals, they use nature’s own rhythms, the sun and the moon, to grow their grapes and produce their wines. Look for a story I’m writing on biodynamics in the April 5 Food and Wine section.

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  • Jack Spratt

    I was pleasantly surprised to find this post about the Ceago Merlot. I had the chance to taste this wine at a friends dinner not too long ago. I found it to be very well-balanced, full bodied, and with a depth & complexity that I haven’t found in many merlots. It went very well with the lamb chops and collared greens that night. I understand these biodynamic wines are gaining increased popularity and if the Ceago Merlot is any indication of the long term quality from Ceago then we’ve got a lot to look forward to.