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Late Harvest

(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, 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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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Far Niente, Napa Valley, California, USA

Far Niente – one of my favorite wineries….. From the entrance, the grounds, to the classy first human contact, Far Niente states loud and clear that you’ve arrived somewhere special.The smugness is not negative, it actually rings of genuine, “I’m flat out so happy to be working in this brilliant place you might as well […]

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USA, Late Harvest, Botrytis, Far Niente, California, 2005

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From such shriveled, unsightly grapes comes something approaching perfection… I usually attempt to not wax on and off with hazy vinobabble but this beast makes me break down.  Prepare to think I’ve lost it, until you try it… C/ Her golden hues appear alive and otherworldly, I actually wondered aloud if the bottle itself had […]

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Dessert Wines, Sweet Wines, Ice Wines, Late Harvest

The Underworld of Legendary Sweet Wines Rotten Grapes, Mouthwatering Fungal Funk, Barnyard Stench, Snow Jobs, and Respectable Shrinkage $130,000 paid for a single bottle of white wine stands as a record, while $2,300,000 was spent once coughed up for a collection of sweet wines from the famous Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux that included a bottle from […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina, South America

Bodega Achaval Ferrer is a do-not-miss.  AF has three different vineyards noted by their very different altitudes.  Mirador is at 600 meters, Bella Vista at 800, and Altamira resides at 1,400 meters above sea level.    Some of their wines use 1 plant for one bottle, while their amazing “Quimera” blends use 2, and some of their […]

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Argentina, Torrontes, Late Harvest, La Yunta, “Torrontes Tardio”, 2005

N/ Golden sugar-infused hay. Fresh stone and mineral rich stream water. Freshly cured dates. Over-ripe melons. T/ Massively suave honey bomb. Long lasting full mouth feel that is so big it is shocking for this grape and region. Almost olive oil feel. Brilliant depth and power. Apricot peaches bliss. Astounding. 97.

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Brazil, Late Harvest, Terranova, Miolo, Vale do São Francisco, 2001

C/ Golden orange hue from beyond earth. A little cloudy and ropey this bottle. Crystals at bottom also indicates over the hill. N/ Orange skins and zest, apricot and pear heaven. T/ Intense round orange, pear reduction. A tad over the hill Far Niente Dolce wannabe – which is a massive compliment dear reader. A finish that just […]

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