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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, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley, Calistoga, California, 2009

C/ Amber and dark yellow, reminiscent of a Chardonnay aged more like 10 years, not 2. N/ Thick tropical fruits, crisp hay, big butterscotch in the California-style but with very crisp toast notes. Tart green apple sprinkled with granite dust. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. An acidic, granite, frontal jolt leading into slightly spiced tropical fruits. Clean, angular lines.  A balanced acidity throughout […]

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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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