Cenyth Wines of Sonoma

Cenyth Wines of Sonoma

Looking for a fabulous expression of the Bordeaux varietals from Sonoma? Cenyth is your target. The lovely velvety texture and full body are soul satisfying. I had the pleasure of meeting the winemaker and enjoyed tasting these wines.

Winemaker Hélène Seillan spent her childhood in both France and California, surrounded by a family of winemakers and many friends in the industry. Her earliest memories are of great meals around the table with her family, sharing fine wine and good food. Following her father’s example, Hélène studied winemaking and worked as assistant winemaker for her father at the family’s Bordeaux estate.

In 2006, Hélène was drawn to California and began splitting her time between Sonoma County and Saint-Émilion, working harvests and interning at various wineries. She has the unusual combination of  old and new world experience, she eventually worked in virtually every phase of winemaking operations. Her true aspirations became clear and Hélène has taken her  degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the Institut Rural de Vayres in Bordeaux and crafted her wine Cenyth.

The inaugural 2009 vintage of Cenyth, a Bordeaux-blend from mountain and hillside vineyards in Sonoma County, was crafted under the close guidance of her father Pierre Seillan. With this wine, she has applied the knowledge and techniques gathered over many years. As a now winemaker, Hélène is melding her experience in the vineyards of France and her passion for Sonoma County to define her own style.


About Laura Levy Shatkin

Laura Levy Shatkin served for 10 years as food and wine critic for the Chicago Reader. Later, she became an Emmy-nominated executive producer for Taste, a 30-minute food and wine show on NBC-5 Chicago, which later merged into www.WineTasteTV.com, where Ms. Levy is a partner/owner. Today, she teaches private wine classes and hosts wine parties for consumers and firms, and continues to tell the video stories of wine, girlfriends and wine travel on her TCW blog, Wine…ing Women.