Castle Vineyards and Winery

Owner(s) John Sweazey, Kathleen Sweazey
Web site www.castlevineyards.com
 
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Castle Vineyards 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 5,600 cases of red varieties.

A tasting room with outdoor seating is located on the Sonoma town plaza at 122 W. Spain St.. Open daily from 10:00 to 5:00.

Reviewed Wines

2005 Castle Los Carneros Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $16. Castle has been farming vineyards in Los Carneros and the Sonoma Valley for more than twenty years. · The nose is of some interest showing off black cherries, baking spices, and fresh roses. Alcohol peaks out. Light in body and intensity with a soft mouth feel. Flavors of cherries, red licorice, and tobacco are decent. Not a bad drink for the money. My wife liked this a lot (she is partial to bright cherry flavors). Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

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 ARTICLE »