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Castello di Amorosa

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, Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, Napa Valley, California, 2011

N/ Massive white and yellow flowers with bright pear juice and apricots – simply delicious bouquet. Incense, cloves, taffy, and mulled wine aromas. Light touch of oyster shells and citrus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A round, but acid snappin’ flower and chamomile stew. Peach and pear juice go on and on. Spiced wine flavors dart in […]

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USA, Gewürztraminer, “Dolcino”, Castello di Amorosa, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2010

Note: slightly sweet, with residual sugar at 36 g/L, but her acid work balances that out so well that this can be a sipping, not just desert, delight. N/ Pure, huge aromas of green apple, but also distinct wafts of red apple skins. Pears, honey, and stewed honeysuckle. Light burlap and yellow grasses. Absolutely gorgeous. Best mimic of […]

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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, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castello Di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California, 2007

The 2007 Napa Cabernets have a great reputation going, and I have been lucky enough to have a number of very nice examples of them.  This also is a delicious 2007, with outstanding aromatics… N/ Barrel room, sage, clean cassis, and red berry jam (the latter quite reminiscent of aromatics typically found in a Zinfandel). […]

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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, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Rosata of Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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A Rose of 99% Sangiovese and 1% Castle mystery. N/ Green apples, red berries, and strawberries with some nice burlap aromas. Granite and light confectionery waftings. T/ Full mouthfeel. Perfectly weighted. Bright acid pop with lovely green apples and cranberries. Graham crackers people! Love it! Nicely acidic and cranberry finish. Once again, excellent winecrafting and […]

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USA, Sangiovese, Castello di Amorosa, Napa, 2007

A red blend of 82% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. N/ Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light spice and confectionery. Leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and a touch of steel. Her nose […]

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USA, Pinot Bianco, Castello di Amorosa, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Soft florals, chamomile, and hay. Elegant honeysuckle. Light river rocks, dry earth, and olive / dirty martini wafts. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Nicely balanced glycerol weight leading to some mouth-watering, acid-driven, honeysuckle and stewed hay. Lemon zest. Soft mineral closer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ Winemaker = Brooks Painter Price = $27 Rating = B This wine was a […]

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USA, Pinot Grigio, Castello di Amorosa, Mendocino, 2010

N/ Soft grasses and hay. Warm river rock / granite wafts. Melon. Sweetened dough. Toasted almonds. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium crisp spring water with stewed fresh blonde hay,  lime zest and melon flavors. Nice acid pop. Clean. Extended river rock and acid closer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ Winemaker = Brooks Painter Price = $20 Very Good+. 89 This […]

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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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USA, Muscat (Canelli), Castello di Amorosa, Il Raggio del Sole, 2009

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N/ Big and deep florals, honeysuckle, freshly steamed shellfish. T/ Full mouthfeel. Nice fizz intermixed with medium-high acid pop. Sweet, but not cloying. Ripe, clean peach juice. Not too complex, but absolutely gulpable and pleasing. This will absolutely be a crowd-pleaser – before or, especially, after meals. Retail = $28. I would have loved to see […]

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