2004 Castle Vineyards & Winery Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir

107 cases, $26. Castle is located in the historic Buena Vista region of Carneros. The winery was founded in the 1990s by winemaker and vineyard manager Vic McWilliams who focuses on small lots of hand-crafted wines. Total production is 3,500 cases. A tasting room is located on the Sonoma town plaza. The website is www.castlevineyards.com (this wine is not listed on the site for sale so phone 707-996-1582). · I really liked this Pinot. It starts off with a spirited nose of black cherries and spice (notably cinnamon). The flavors repeat the aromas. Oak is nicely integrated here. Perfect weight and balance. I hated to spit this one out. My highest scoring wine of the preliminary tastings. Reviewed January 22, 2007

Winery: Castle Vineyards and Winery
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