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Indie Wine of the Week: Ceàgo Vinegarden 2002 Camp Masut Cabernet Sauvignon

For our post Christmas dinner, we opened a bottle of Ceago Vinegarden 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon.  The grapes are from Ceago’s biodynamic Camp Masut vineyard in the Russian River Valley.

ceago-cab-savCeàgo Vinegarden 2002 Camp Masut Cabernet Sauvignon

14.0% alcohol.  1,200 cases produced.  $35.95.  On the nose there was initially a vegetal component – bell pepper and slight hints of jalapeno – after an hour decanting I found lots of currant, plum, blackberry and chocolate powder.  Firm tannins with dark plums, blackberries and hints of cinnamon on the finish. 

The word “Ceàgo” is derived from a local Pomo Indian word meaning “Grass Seed Valley”.  Ceàgo Vinegarden is one of the best known biodynamic producers in the US and is owned by Jim Fetzer, formerly of Fetzer Family Vineyards (Fetzer Vineyards was sold to Brown-Forman in 1992).  Ceago, located on the shores of Clear Lake in Lake County, California, currently produces a total of 8,000 cases of biodynamic wines, all from estate grown grapes.  All of Ceago’s vineyards are certified biodynamic by Demeter-USA and the wines are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. 

 The Ceago website (www.ceago.com) is a great resource for straight forward information about biodynamic farming and viticulture practices.  A few notable articles featuring Ceago Vinegarden: