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Bien Nacido Vineyard

USA, Chardonnay, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley and Bien Nacido Vineyard, 2013

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First off, if you’ve never been to the Castle near Calistoga, you must give it a visit. Here is my earlier write up on it… http://www.brainwines.com/winery-visit-castello-di-amorosa-calistoga-napa-valley-california/. CdA offers a wide selection of wines, and here I want to compare and contrast two of their 2013 chardonnays… Napa Valley 2013 chard… ($29) N/ Fresh rain, river […]

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USA, Chardonnay, La Rocca, Castello di Amorosa, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara, Napa Valley, California, 2013

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N/ Tropical fruits, green apples, seaspray, and fresh canvas. Incense and chamomile. Fresh rain with a hint of flint. 2-3 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale, which is perfect. Beautiful and complex. T/ Medium mouth feel. Delicious green and yellow apples with some light tropical fruits and lime notes as well.  Lasting mineral close. […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Smoky cedar and flint introduce nice black cherries and stewed red berries. Mesquite flamed pork. Crushed pine needles. Cherry taffy. Canvas. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Stewed black cherries with light tobacco notes, cola, black tea and mouthwatering lime juice.  Clean lines of pleasant woody flavors. Delicious, yes, but I expected a bit […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Reserve, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, California, 2009

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N/ Big, fat, toasty oaks engulfed by lush yellows and tropical fruits. Signature California new-world style Chardonnay, but with some nice mineral and spring water wafts. T/ Medium to medium-full mouthfeel. Was expecting a wee more glycerol weight – but since there is less she comes off a bit fresher than expected. Round, full yellows […]

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