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Accolades

Wine Accolades

IL BARONE, RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
LA CASTELLANA, RESERVE SUPER TUSCAN BLEND
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MORISOLI-BORGES VINEYARD
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MELANSON VINEYARD
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, DON THOMAS VINEYARD
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
MERLOT, NAPA VALLEY
SANGIOVESE, NAPA VALLEY
♦ ZINGARO, OLD VINE ZINFANDEL, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
PINOT NOIR, TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD
♦ PINOT NOIR RESERVE, ANDERSON VALLEY
♦ PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
PINOT NOIR, LOS CARNEROS
CHARDONNAY, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD
CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY
PINOT BIANCO
GEWURZTRAMINER DRY
GIOIA, ROSATO DI SANGIOVESE
♦ LA FANTASIA
GEWURZTRAMINER, LATE HARVEST
IL PASSITO, LATE HARVEST SEMILLON/ SAUVIGNON BLANC

IL BARONE 

RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "A selection of the estate’s finest lots, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone’s texture and richness are outstanding. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of blackcurrants, licorice, graphite and a hint of new saddle leather. Full-bodied with soft tannins as well as a long, authoritative style, it can be drunk over the next 10+ years."

♦ 92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is dark, powerful and intense. Red/black fruits, tobacco, smoke, licorice and earthiness are some of the notes that meld together in a compact, energetic wine long on class. The Barone offers plenty of fruit intensity, but the tannins need time to soften. Today, there is very little of the vintage's early appeal on display. Drink 2017 – 2027"

♦ 90 Points - James Suckling

  • "A chewy red with ripe fruit and tannins. Lots of wood tannins and dried fruit character too. Full and flavorful. A little jammy but outstanding. Drink or hold."

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2015 American Fine Wine Competition

 

 

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

  • "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone is one of the leaner, more compact wines in the range. Floral and savory notes develop nicely in the bouquet, but then tannins clamp down hard on the mid palate, making it difficult for the fruit to fully emerge. With time in the glass, the wine opens up nicely, leading to a long, beautifully delineated finish laced with bright floral notes. The 2011 is sculpted and chiseled throughout. If opened within the next few years, the 2011 needs a good bit of air."

♦ 2010 VINTAGE 

♦ 93 Points - James Suckling

  • "This is dense and intense with a beautiful velvety texture and ripe fruit, but it remains fresh and clean. Full body. Textured finish. Better in 2016."

♦ 92 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • A reserve-level 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is savory in black fruit and smoky oak, the tannins soft and structured. A richness of cinnamon toast and vanilla play on the palate, followed by more depths of full-bodied blackberry.

♦ 91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (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 International Wine Competition

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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

♦ 2008 VINTAGE

♦ 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 Wine Advocate

  • “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

♦ 2007 VINTAGE

♦ 94 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • “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

♦ 2006 VINTAGE

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2011 American Fine Wine Competition

2005 VINTAGE

♦ 94 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator 

  • "A fantastic effort, aging well, this is firm, rich and youthful, brimming with dense, concentrated blackberry and wild berry fruit, touches of crushed rock and fresh earth, and notes of dried herb, cedar and dill. Ends with ripe, chewy tannins. Remarkably persistent on the finish. 2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases made." (retrospective tasting, September 2015)

♦ 92+ Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone, which is the winery’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon, tips the scales at a lofty 14.6% natural alcohol that is well hidden beneath a cascade of blackberry, cassis, and blueberry fruit as well as is some new saddle leather and a touch of oak. The wine is fresh, lively, full-bodied, and very youthful for a wine already ten years of age. Nicely textured, thick and juicy, this is a beauty to drink over the next 12-15 years." (retrospective review, June 2015)

♦ 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

RESERVE SUPER TUSCAN BLEND

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points, Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

♦ 90 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

  • The 2012 Red Blend La Castellana is an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Round, seamless and quite pretty, the 2012 offers plenty of early and medium term appeal. Dark red stone fruits, spices, mint and anise are all supported by silky, polished tannins. Drink 2016 - 2027

92-94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (Barrel Sample)

  • “Sweet tobacco, earthiness, dark red cherries, flowers and anise all meld together in the 2012 La Castellana, a wine that deftly balances rich fruit with structure. The long, vibrant finish is exceptionally polished. In 2012 the Castellana stands out for its harmony and overall balance.

♦ 90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend La Castellana is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese and 9% Merlot. In central Italy, a wine such as this would be called a Super Tuscan. This outstanding offering reveals background oak, hints of new saddle leather, blackcurrants, cherries, licorice and underbrush, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, supple tannins, good acidity and a generous mouthfeel. The result is a wine that begs for a grilled Florentine steak. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ 92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon La Castellana Super Tuscan Blend, 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, is the best of this trio. Rich, tobacco leaf, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currant and new saddle leather characteristics emerge from this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, opulent 2010. Seductive, impressively concentrated and multilayered, it should drink nicely for a decade or more." 

♦ 92 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • "Intense, with firm, ripe, vibrant cedar, red and dark berry, anise and loamy earth flavors, framed by chewy tannins and ending with a long finish laced with notes of black licorice. Drink now through 2024."

♦ 92 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "An inspired co-mingling of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, this wine offers swirls of spicy cinnamon, plum and tobacco. Rounded on the palate and balanced, while rich, the finish delves into clove and black pepper."

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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 Wine Advocate

  • “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

♦ 2008 VINTAGE

♦ 93 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a splash of Sangiovese, this super Tuscan-style blend is powerful in every respect. It shows massively concentrated blackberry and crème de cassis flavors, with notes of dark chocolate and spices. The oak is rich and toasty, the tannins thick but as soft as silk, and the acidity lively enough to give all this richness a racy hit. Best enjoyed now and over the next 2–3 years for sheer Napa exuberance."

♦ 90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • “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

♦ 2007 VINTAGE

♦ 92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • “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.”

♦ 2005 VINTAGE

♦ Wine of the Week - Stacy Slinkard, About.com 

  • “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.” (September 2005)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

MORISOLI-BORGES VINEYARD

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 93+ Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

  • "A big, explosive wine, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Borges hits the palate with a rush of dark red and blue fruits, smoke, incense, violets, lavender, orange peel and spices. The firm tannins are going to need time to settle down, so readers should not be in a rush. This is without question the most complex and pedigreed of Castello di Amorosa's Cabernet Sauvignons. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027."

♦ 93-95 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (Barrel Sample)  

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli-Borges Vineyard is flat-out stunning. Rich, opulent and full-bodied, yet backed up by an imposing sense of structure, the 2012 possesses gorgeous depth and pure power. Mocha, plums, licorice, tobacco, graphite and ash all jump from the glass in an opulent, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and pedigree. This hugely promising Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best wines I have tasted from Castello di Amorosa."

♦ 90-92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Barrel Sample)

  • "A barrel sample of the dense ruby/purple-tinged, full-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Borges revealed lots of character as well as copious notes of blueberries, blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice, underbrush and spice. It should turn out to be an outstanding effort to enjoy during its first 10-15 years of life."

♦ 92 Points - James Suckling

  • "A soft and silky red with plum, currants, and spice. Fully body and firm tannins that buttress the fruit. Delicious and fruity. Drink now."

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "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." 

♦ 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 VINEYARD 

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 93 Points, Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is another dark, voluptuous beauty from Castello di Amorosa. Here, too, the style is deceptively mid-weight, yet there is plenty of complexity in the glass. Sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice and lavender open up as the wine builds through the mid-palate and into the finish with gorgeous intensity." 

90-92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (Barrel Sample)

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard wraps around the palate with gorgeous finesse. Soft, seamless and voluptuous to the core, the Melanson is a great example of the vintage. Sweet tobacco, spices and dried flowers all add complexity in the glass, but it is the purity of the fruit that stands out most."

92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "The dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from the eastern Vaca Mountains, overlooking St. Helena, part of the area known as Pritchard Hill (an incredible source for some great wines). This 2012 possesses beautiful black raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, elegant but intense, it is hard to resist at present, but should evolve gracefully for a decade."

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 91 Points - James Suckling

  • "A balanced, beautiful cabernet sauvignon. Full body but balanced and refined, with a lovely tension and freshness. Drink now."

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ 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.”

♦ 91 Points - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

  • “The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is incredibly primary at this stage. Another super-ripe, opulent wine, the Melanson needs at least a few years in bottle for the flavors to emerge and the tannins to soften. Still, even today, there is a textural richness that is impossible to miss. The huge, powerful finish bodes well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

DON THOMAS VINEYARD 

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 

  • "Deceptively medium in body, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard packs a serious punch. The flavors are dark and bold to the core, with plenty of black fruit, smoke, iron and spices woven throughout. A long, persistent finish rounds things out nicely. This expressive Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for the next decade or so."

♦ 91-93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (Barrel Sample)

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard stands out for its overall complexity. Intense dark fruit plays off the wine's insistent minerality beautifully. Plum, dark cherry, graphite and smoke are some of the notes that are totally alive in the glass. The 2012 is all about persistence, structure and intensity. The flavors are vibrant and beautifully delineated throughout in this vivid, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon."

♦ 91 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard comes from a site on the western Mayacamas hillsides, not far from Rutherford. This cuvée exhibits more blackberry, cassis and graphite notes as well as medium to full body, attractive pure fruit, and a forward, luscious personality. Consume this refined, well-made Cabernet over the next 8-10 years."

♦ 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

♦ 91 Points - James Suckling

  • "A chewy young cabernet with dark berry, blueberry, and coffee character. Full body and slightly bitter wood undertone but shows fruit and style. Drink now."

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 92 Points - James Suckling

  • "A balanced, fruity red with mineral and berry character, plus hints of currants. Full body with silky tannins and a fresh, tangy finish. Drink or hold."

♦ 91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 

  • "Dark cherries, plums, graphite, cinnamon and flowers meld together in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard. The round, supple style offers plenty of immediacy. Blackberry jam, grilled herb, violets, mint and a hint of sweet tobacco add the final flourishes of nuance. Overall though, the 2011 appears to be built for near and medium-term drinking."

♦ Luxury Wine of 2014 - KSRO Radio

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ 94 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • "Amazingly complex and refined, tuned to a mix of red and dark berry that’s elegant and graceful without sacrificing Cabernet’s power and torque. Ends with classic Bourdeaux-like cedar and cigar box touches, gliding along with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028."

♦ 93 Points - James Suckling

  • "Best red from here with ripe-fruit, caramel, spice and coffee character. It's full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long finish. Needs a year or two to come together."

♦ 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.” 

♦ 92 Points - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

  • "Grilled herbs, incense, tobacco and smoke are some of the notes that emerge as the estate’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Thomas Vineyard shows off its intense personality. The Don Thomas is another wine that needs time for the tannins to start melting away a bit. Although a bit of a brute today, I sense plenty of potential for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."

♦ 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

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

♦ 90 Points - James Suckling

  • A fresh and bright cabernet with mushroom, black currant and orange peel character. Full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Drink or hold.

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 88 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • "Castello di Amorosa's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is an attractive, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years. Raspberry jam, flowers and spices all flesh out on this inviting, pretty Cabernet Sauvignon."

♦ Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points, Cellar Selection - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "A smidgen of Petit Verdot finds its way into this Cab, a cellar-worthy bottling with massive bone structure, accented by savory cedar, herb and black fruit. A taste of espresso dusted in chocolate shavings shows on the finish. Age through 2020."

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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

♦ 2008 VINTAGE 

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition


MERLOT

NAPA VALLEY

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2015 American Fine Wine Competition

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ Best in Flight - St Helena Star/Napa Valley Vintners Blind Tasting

  • "If you have not seen it, Mary Davidek has a fun posting on castellodiamorosa.com/blog about merlot. Sip along to the video with this merlot’s blend of red and black fruits, toasty oak and baking spice-infused flavors. This is yet another tasting panel winner from winemaker Brooks Painter and Castello di Amorosa."

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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.”

♦ 2008 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2006 VINTAGE

♦ 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 VINTAGE

♦ Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


SANGIOVESE

NAPA VALLEY

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2007 VINTAGE

♦ 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

♦ 2006 VINTAGE

♦ 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 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 89 Points - Tim Fish, 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."

PINOT NOIR

TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • "Marked by smoky, toasty oak that initially covers the raspberry and wild berry flavors. Fine-grained tannins and minerality fill in the gaps on the finish. Drink now through 2021."

PINOT NOIR

RESERVE, ANDERSON VALLEY

2013 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 89 Points - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "Enticing oak aromas lead to rich fruit flavors, layered tannins and a supple texture on the palate. Yes, the oak element is a bit heavy but it is delicious. Ripe cherry and plum flavors catch up, filling the mouth and lingering on the finish."

♦ Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 93 Points, James the Wine Guy


PINOT NOIR

ANDERSON VALLEY, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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

MANCHESTER RIDGE VINEYARD

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "A sexy, spicy oak character enlivens this full-bodied and supple-textured wine, standing out in the aroma and then mostly blending into ripe black cherry flavors on the palate. It has a firm, rather tannic texture, a feeling of richness, hints of cinnamon for complexity and a lingering finish."


PINOT NOIR

KING RIDGE VINEYARD

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE 

♦ 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 VINTAGE

♦ 90 Points, Cellar Selection - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

  • "A Pinot unusual for its small percentages of Alicante and Petite Sirah, this wine is tightly wound and intense, but shows promise in its earthy waves of strawberry and silky, structured acidity. Let it lie through 2018–2020."

♦ Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


CHARDONNAY

RESERVE, BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 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

♦ 2008 VINTAGE

♦ 92 Points - James Laube, 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." 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

♦ 2007 VINTAGE

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

  • Best of 51 other wineries Chardonnay from around the country.

CHARDONNAY

NAPA VALLEY

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ 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

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - 2013 American Fine Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

♦ 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.”

♦ Keith Hoffman, 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

♦ 2007 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - American Fine Wine Competition


PINOT BIANCO

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


GEWÜRZTRAMINER

FERRINGTION VINEYARD

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


GEWÜRZTRAMINER DRY

MENDOCINO COUNTY

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ 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 Wine Competition

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

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition


GIOIA

ROSATO DI SANGIOVESE

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ 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

LA FANTASIA

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

♦ Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition


GEWÜRZTRAMINER

LATE HARVEST 

♦ 2013 VINTAGE

♦ Best of Class - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

♦ 2012 VINTAGE

♦ Bronze Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

♦ 2011 VINTAGE

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

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

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

♦ 2008 VINTAGE

♦ 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

LATE HARVEST SEMILLON/ SAUVIGNON BLANC

♦ 2010 VINTAGE

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

♦ Double Gold Medal - 2014 American Fine Wine Competition

♦ 2009 VINTAGE

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

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