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Accolades

"Il BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010 

91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni (Barrel Sample)

“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is a darker, richer and ultimately more complete wine than the 2009. Sweet dark cherries, plums, menthol, spices, licorice and pine are just some of the notes that come to life in this beautifully delineated, articulate Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit shows gorgeous vibrancy through to the finish. This is a promising showing. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.”

Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"Il BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009

94 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“An impressive Cabernet, flashy and dramatic in the “cult” style. It’s smooth and velvety, with imposingly rich tannins that frame, pure black currant, crème de cassis, dark chocolate and anise flavors.  There’s a lot of oak, too, but it’s in keeping with the wine’s volume.  Should develop over the next 15 years, but you can certainly drink it now.”

92 Points - Antonio Galloni

“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is a beautifully focused wine graced with expressive dark berries, flowers, spices and mint. It reveals lovely focus and energy from start to finish. The mid-palate sweetness and generosity tapers off a bit on the finish, which is the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. The final blend includes 2% Petite Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.”

Double Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition

"Il BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

91 Points - Cabernet Shootout, Affairs of the Vine

“Smoky, cherry aromas. The nose is very pretty. The palate is complex – earthy with tart cranberry, cedar, chewy plum, and leather. The long finish shows lots of black cherry and a hint of blackjack chewing gum (anise-like). Lovely mouth watering acid. Bright cherry and raspberry on the nose. Nice balance of fruit and oak on the palate. Classic Cab style. Tobacco, cola, and black tea notes round out the mellow finish.” 287 wines tasted, Il Barone in the TOP 32.

92 Points - Robert Parker

“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 4 % Petit Verdot) is a selection of the estate’s finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon. Graphite, creame de cassis, black currant and spice box aromas jump from the glass of this opaque ruby/purple-colored 2008. Expansive, rich, authoritative and elegant, with impressive texture and length as well as sweet tannin, it will be even better in 3-4 years, and should last for 15+. Barrel samples of the 2009 Il Barone and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon revealed well-endowed, deeply colored wines with sweet tannins. The both possessed all the components needed to be as good as their 2008 and 2007 counterparts, but it is too early to pass judgment.”

93 Points - International Wine Review

“The opaque ruby, slightly brooding Il Barone is the masculine counterpart to La Castellana showing inky aromas of black fruit with charred oak and violet notes. Made from 100 percent estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine shows great volume in the mouth, a smooth and beautifully structured palate with nice minerality and ripe, firm tannins on a very long finish. To be released in 2012, this wine has a long life ahead of it.

Gold Medal - 2012 American Fine Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"IL BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007

94 Points - Robert Parker

“The brilliant Il Barone boasts an opaque purple color as well as a beautiful sweet nose of blackberries, black currants, camphor, subtle toasty oak, and espresso roast. Rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin, a hint of smoked meats, deep fruit, and an impeccable balance, purity and texture, this stunning wine should drink nicely for 15-20 years.”

Napa Valley Vintners/Saint Helena Star Blind Taste Test

Top 3 Cabernet Sauvignon $95 in the Napa Valley

"IL BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006

Double Gold Medal - 2011 American Fine Wine Competition

"Il BARONE" RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005

91 Points - International Wine Review

“The 2005 vintage of Il Barone exhibits a savory nose with herbal and violet notes and a gorgeous velvet-like palate of rich dark fruit with earth and pepper accents. Somewhat chalky tannins show on the mid-palate and the wine finishes with firm, dry tannins.”

"LA CASTELLANA" SUPER TUSCAN BLEND 2009

92 Points, Cellar Selection - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“This is a big wine, clearly in need of cellaring.  There’s a massive core of blackberries, cherries and baking chocolate on the palate, but it’s rigidly tannic, dry and acidic still.  The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, putting it in the super Tuscan category.  Give it until 2017 to begin to mellow, and it could still be going strong in 2025.” 

91 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

"Although driven by undisguised ripeness and a big dose of rich oak in its full-scale aromas, this solidly structured youngster surprises by showing far better balance and a claret-like firmness once in the mouth. It tightens up after a slightly supple entry, and its deep, somewhat brooding flavors are long on concentration and length. It is not overly tannic, but neither is it a wine meant for hasty drinking. It will need another six years to eight years before rounding into shape and is certain to grow for a good many more."

91 Points - Ken's Wine Guide

"This opaque and very dark purple colored red blend opens with blueberry and pomegranate bouquet with a hint of pipe tobacco. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, chewy, and completely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is an oak infused black cherry and red plum blend. I also detected hints of blueberry and red currant. The finish is rather dry and its sticky dusty tannins last for quite a while. This wine would pair nicely with a well-marbled ribeye steak."

89 Points - Antonio Galloni

“The 2009 La Castellana is an unusual blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese. It shows plenty of up-front fruit and textural richness, but the tannins aren’t quite as polished as they are in the best wines here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.”

Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"LA CASTELLANA" SUPER TUSCAN BLEND 2008

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 Points - Robert Parker

“The 2008 La Castellana (71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 14% Sangiovese) is a supple textured, dense plum/ruby/purple-tinged wine offering notes of high class, un-smoked tobacco, sweet cherries, black currants, earth and spice. Medium to full-bodied, silky textured, complex and already delicious, it is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.

Gold Medal - 2012 American Fine Wine Competition

"LA CASTELLANA" SUPER TUSCAN BLEND 2007

92 Points - Robert Parker

“The 2007 La Castellana is a proprietary blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 6% Sangiovese. An outstanding hedonistic, complex red, it reveals notes of wild strawberries, new saddle leather, black currants, cherries, cedar, and smoked herbs. Full-bodied, lush and seductive, this beautifully mouthfilling, supple wine should be enjoyed over the next 7-10 years.”

93 Points - International Wine Review

“This voluptuous beauty is dressed in a robe of dark cherry fruit and violets with smoky oak and chocolate notes. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the rest Sangiovese, is a velvet smooth on a beautifully integrated palate. Blessed with fine, ripe tannins, this wine is easily approachable when young. While it is not as powerful as Il Barone, it’s more refined.”

"LA CASTELLANA" SUPER TUSCAN BLEND 2005

Wine of the Week - About.com, September 2005

“The 2005 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana, Super Tuscan blend showcases an ultra-elegant synergy of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Deep, dark color, thick waves of spice-laden aromatics and impressive primary and secondary palate flavors start this show off with a bang! Dark cherry and black plums dominate the fruit profile with ambitious backup played by black pepper and a dash of dark chocolate and espresso.
"Make no mistake, this is a full-bodied, full-featured red wine that enjoys a long, distinguished finish and brims with palate complexity, enduring elegance, and rich, supportive tannins. A perfect candidate for pairing with roasted cuts of beef or wild game, sausage or dishes that rely on the traditional Italian spices of garlic, rosemary and thyme.” -Stacy Slinkard

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MORISOLI-BORGES 2009

90 Points - Antonio Galloni

“The estate’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli-Borges is a soft, supple wine that will drink beautifully over the next few years. Sweet black cherries, plums, herbs and licorice are some of the notes that take shape in this soft, caressing Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.”

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MELANSON 2010

92 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“The vineyard isn’t well known, but it’s on Pritchard Hill, near much more famous sources of Cabernet.  It’s a deceptive wine, so rich and flamboyant in sweet, jammy blackberries and cherries, chocolate and licorice, you want to drink the whole bottle.  Yet it has the tannin-acid balance to age, possibly for a long time. Made from 100% Cab, yet produced in tiny quantities, it shows the Pritchard signature of youthful deliciousness combined with ageability.”

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, DON THOMAS 2010

93 Points, Cellar Selection - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“The vineyard is in Rutherford, and this 100% Cabernet does show the dusty tannins for which the commune is known. It’s also very ripe and exuberant, with tiers of black and red cherry pie, currant and oak flavors, as well as a delicious, earthy note of green olives.  Forward now, but should gain in the bottle of over the next 10 years.” 

91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni (Barrel Sample)

“The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard is another exciting wine loaded with the essence of blueberry jam, blackberries, cassis, grilled herbs and licorice. It shows gorgeous inner perfume and plenty of richness through to the clean, vibrant finish. It is a bit texturally richer than the Barone in 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.”

Year's Best - Wine & Spirits Magazine

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 2009

93 Points, Cellar Selection - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“They held this Cab back for nearly four years, but it’s still pretty closed and tannic.  Give it another six in the cellar, to let it begin to throw some sediment, which will let the blackberries and cherries drink sweet and pure.”

91 Points - Antonio Galloni 

"A dark, inky wine, Castello di Amorosa's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon explodes onto the palate with dark fruit. this large-scaled, voluptuous Cabernet is all about textural depth and richness, both of which it achieves with plenty of style."

Best of Class - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 2008

Double Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition

MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 2010

Double Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 2009

88 Points - Antonio Galloni 

“The 2009 Merlot emerges from the glass with sweet plums, tobacco, spices and dried flowers. It shows lovely mid-palate pliancy, but the slightly advancing aromas and mid-weight structure suggest it is best enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.”

MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 2008

Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY 2006

Napa Valley Vintners/Saint Helena Star Blind Taste Test 

Top 5 Merlot in the Napa Valley

Gold Medal - 2010 American Fine Wine Competition

"Il BRIGANTE" RED BLEND 2010

Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

SANGIOVESE, NAPA VALLEY 2010

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

SANGIOVESE, NAPA VALLEY 2007

93 Points - BrainWines.com

Nose: Clean, acidic, blackberry. Light cassis reduction. Forest floor. Black earth. Light and spice and confectionary. Leather.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel. Slightly candied stewed, juicy, plums with sweet oaks. Just a tad tannic. Slight chalk and touch of steel.
Her nose is a solid “A,” her taste an “A-/B+”
Excellent wine crafting

SANGIOVESE, NAPA VALLEY 2006

International Wine Review

“This is one of the better California Sangiovese wines we’ve tasted over the years. The wine shows rich red fruit with herbal notes on a soft, lush palate. There’s a nice integration of oak and fruit and good acidity that brightens the wine.”

"ZINGARO" ZINFANDEL, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 2011

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"ZINGARO" ZINFANDEL, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 2009

89 Points - Wine Spectator

"Zesty and full of briary black cherry and fresh pine aromas and tart blueberry and licorice flavors that finish with ripe but lively tannins. Drink now through 2016. 1,109 cases made." –TF

PINOT NOIR RESERVE, ANDERSON VALLEY 2012

Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

PINOT NOIR RESERVE, ANDERSON VALLEY 2011

93 Points, James the Wine Guy

PINOT NOIR, ANDERSON VALLEY, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 2009

Prince of Pinot

Pinofile Newsletter, 14.6% alc., $36. 65% Anderson Valley grapes and 35% Santa Lucia Highlands grapes. • "Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Open and forward aromas of black cherries and humus. Tasty essence of black cherries with hints of praline and cola. Plenty of upfront charm with well proportioned, sturdy tannins and bright acidity on the uplifting finish. Solid the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good."

PINOT NOIR, KING RIDGE VINEYARD 2011

Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

PINOT NOIR, KING RIDGE VINEYARD 2009

Prince of Pinot

Pinofile Newsletter, 14.3% alc., $59. • "Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Slight reduction upon opening, revealing aromas of black cherries, charcoal and oak over time. Lovely black raspberry and black cherry fruit with an earthy, loamy underpinning. A medium-weighted, richly flavored wine with serious intentions that still has some grippy tannins and toasty oak on board. Spectacular the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A superb candidate for the cellar."

PINOT NOIR, LOS CARNEROS 2012

Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CHARDONNAY RESERVE, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD 2012

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CHARDONNAY RESERVE, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD 2011

92 Points - Rich Cook

"Like its Napa Valley stablemate, this Chardonnay is meant for your table.  The focus is on orange fruit here – tangy tangerine and orange zest are joined by spicy pear, melon and fig.  It’s soft and creamy on the initial sip, followed by lively acidity and a long citrus finish. It’s begging for food -- something rich and creamy over the catch of the day will do just fine. Best in Class at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Competition."

Best of Class - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal - 2014 Appellation America Best-of-Appellation Program

CHARDONNAY RESERVE, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD 2008

92 Points - Wine Spectator

“A real treat in exotic Chardonnay. Firm, rich and creamy, with a mix of tropical fruit flavors built around guava, pineapple, fig and melon. Full-bodied, with spicy oak and a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. James Laube, Wine Spectator, November 3, 2010.

Vineyard of the Year - 2010 California State Fair (Bien Nacido Vineyard)

Double Gold Medal - 2011 American Fine Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2012 American Fine Wine Competition

CHARDONNAY RESERVE, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD 2007

Double Gold Medal, Best of Class (Chardonnay) - American Fine Wine Competition

Best of 51 other wineries Chardonnay from around the country.

CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 2012

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 2011

91 Points - Rich Cook

"This wine bolsters my hope that Chardonnay is making a comeback as a wine that is meant to accompany a meal.  Still the number one wine variety in sales domestically, Chardonnay has ridden market research into the cocktail hour and forsaken its noble European history as an excellent wine for the table.  Winemakers Peter Velleno and Brooks Painter have chosen a different track here, with aromas of lemon crème, mild toast, pear and stone minerality leading you into flavors of mixed citrus fruit, mild sweet oak and roasted nuts, all delivered with mouth watering acidity and a long refreshing finish that will elevate the meal.  I’d try something big with this -- lobster or cracked crab, or chicken in a bold sauce."

91 Points - Ken's Wine Guide

"This pale yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a mild pineapple bouquet with a hint toasted oak and lemon. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild pear with notes of toasted oak and a touch of pineapple. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time. This Chardonnay would pair well with chicken Francese."

Gold Medal - 2014 Appellation America Best-of-Appellation Program

CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 2010

Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition

CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 2009

89 Points - Antonio Galloni

“The 2009 Chardonnay is an attractive wine layered with expressive tropical fruit and sweet French oak. It shows lovely balance in an understated style that nevertheless reveals plenty of California and Napa Valley character. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.”

BrainWines.com

Color: Amber and dark yellow, reminiscent of a Chardonnay aged more like 10 years, not 2.
Nose: Thick tropical fruits, crisp hay, big butterscotch in the California-style but with very crisp toast notes. Tart green apple sprinkled with granite dust.
Taste: Medium-full mouthfeel. An acidic, granite, frontal jolt leading into slightly spiced tropical fruits. Clean, angular lines. A balanced acidity throughout the entire journey.
This wine should be a big hit for fans of the current California-style Chardonnay wine crafting method.
A-/B+ for California Chard-style lovers
B for non-butter lovers

CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY 2007

Gold Medal - American Fine Wine Competition

PINOT BIANCO 2012

Best of Class - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

PINOT BIANCO 2011

Best of Class - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, FERRINGTION VINEYARD 2011

Best of Class - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, MENDOCINO COUNTY, (DRY) 2012

90 Points - Rich Cook

"Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley has long been something of a secret treasure of American wine, particularly when it comes to this variety, and until recently the local wineries had the production market cornered.  This release shows the wine acumen of the Sattui Family as they reach for prime fruit that’s a little outside of their Napa Valley home. This wine presents lychee, pear, stonefruit, fall spice and stony minerality with just enough residual sugar to keep the fruit lively and in balance with the other aromas and flavors.  The long crisp finish rounds out a wine that awaits the chance to accompany your favorite Thai dishes."

Best of Class - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal - 2014 Appellation America Best-of-Appellation Program

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, MENDOCINO COUNTY, (DRY) 2010

Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

"GIOIA" DRY ROSATO DI SANGIOVESE 2010

94 Points - BrainWines.com

“A Rose of 99% Sangiovese and 1% Castle mystery.
Nose: Green apples, red berries, and strawberries with some nice burlap aromas. Granite and light confectionery wafting.
Taste: 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 a totally delightful quaff.

91 Points - Durham Magazine

“If you’ve ever driven over state highway 128/29 on St. Helena Highway, then you’ve been struck by the magisterial estate that is Castello di Amorosa. Dario Sattui opened the doors in 2007 and the wines produced here have, from the beginning, been as imposing as the edifice. This breathtaking reproduction of a medieval castle just glimmers in the sun as one traverses this hilly corner of Napa Valley. Its Rosé entitled Gioia (JOY-uh), is a dream quaff for a thirsty August afternoon.”
“Delightful mountain cherry and melony nose that’s very light on its feet. It tickles the sinuses with an overtone I can only describe as wild Maine blueberries. Leggy and smooth on the palate, it suggests strawberries with great invigoration but absolutely no harshness. One of the lip-smacking, freshest rosés I’ve ever tasted from California. Goes down with alarming ease! Drink now."
91/100

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, LATE HARVEST 2012

Bronze Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, LATE HARVEST 2011

Sweepstakes Winner, Best of Class (Dessert Wines) - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 
Sweepstakes Winner - 2012 American Fine Wine Competition

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, LATE HARVEST 2010

Sweepstakes Winner, Best of Class (Dessert Wines) - 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, LATE HARVEST 2008

90 Points - BrainWines.com

"Nose: Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus.
Taste: 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."

IL PASSITO 2010

Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

IL PASSITO 2009

Best of Show (White Wine) - 2012 American Fine Wine Competition
 

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