VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Castello di Amorosa
"The Romance of Italy, The Wines of Napa." Super Tuscan blends, Cabernets, Pinot Nero and other Italian style wines are featured using red grapes grown in Napa Valley around the winery/castle (except Pinot Noir or Pinot Nero that is sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands) and white grapes grown in Napa Carneros or the Anderson Valley.
Brooks Painter, a veteran winemaker of over 30 years directs winemaking production.
The Tuscan-style Castle and Winery dates to the 13th century in architecture offering mighty towers. Wine Club events, food and wine pairings, weddings, and private promotional events are held in the Castle. Various tastings are available daily and tours are offered mornings on weekdays.
Wines are available through the winery's online store.
Articles About Castello di Amorosa
2012 Castello di Amorosa Mendocino County Pinot Grigio
14.5% alc., pH 3.31, TA 0.59, 3,094 cases, $21. Crafted in the Italian style. Stainless steel tank aged. · Faint yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of tropical fruits including papaya and passion fruit, green apple and lemon. Has some substance with satisfying flavors of apple, tropical fruits, and cut grass. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the bright acidity lifts the finish. A pleasurable wine perfect for summer picnics and tailgate parties. Good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 Castello di Amorosa Los Carneros Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.57, 1,319 cases, $36. Aged 10 months in Burgundian oak barrels. Winemakers are Brooks Painter and Peter Velleno. Only sold at the winery or by mail order. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Opens slowly in the glass and needs swirling to shed a bit of reduction and oak. In time, welcoming aromas of black cherries and boysenberries emerge. Very rewarding on the palate with an array of dark berry and stone fruit flavors balanced with ripe, dry tannins and a shadow of oak. Drinks easy and smooth, finishing with hi-tone fruit-filled goodness. Showing a little more oak at this stage than I like, but this was less evident the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle so further aging is advised. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Castello di Amorosa Pinot Nero
14.6% alc., $36. 65% Anderson Valley grapes and 35% Santa Lucia Highlands grapes. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Open and forward aromas of black cherries and humus. Tasty essence of black cherries with hints of praline and cola. Plenty of upfront charm with well proportioned, sturdy tannins and bright acidity on the uplifting finish. Solid the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
2009 Castello di Amorosa King Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Nero
14.3% alc., $59. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Slight reduction upon opening, revealing aromas of black cherries, charcoal and oak over time. Lovely black raspberry and black cherry fruit with an earthy, loamy underpinning. A medium-weighted, richly flavored wine with serious intentions that still has some grippy tannins and toasty oak on board. Spectacular the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A superb candidate for the cellar. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
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