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January 29, 2010 | Jim Sullivan

La Fantasia - The Wait is Over

Waiting for more La Fantasia? Well, the wait is finally over; La Fantasia is back in the tasting room and we're so excited we're throwing a party. Wine club members and up to five of their guests are invited to Castello di Amorosa for a complimentary tasting of our wines including, the super-popular and now, "just released," Fantasia. It's at TheCastello (also our Twitter handle) Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. 'till 4:00 p.m.

Castello di Amorosa's La Fantasia is an Italian soft-style wine which is lower in alcohol, naturally sweet and refreshing with bright aromas of cherry, exotic flowers and wild berries. It sells out every year, so come by the tasting room to place your order.

Time Posted: Jan 29, 2010 at 9:56 PM
Jim Sullivan
 
January 22, 2010 | Jim Sullivan

Winter in the Napa Valley

The view from the north tower at Castello di Amorosa looking at snow on the Vaca Range. This is the Napa Valley- an officially recognized American Viticultural Area or AVA. The actual Napa Valley floor is 5 miles wide and 30 miles long. The Napa Valley currently contains 15 recognized sub or "nested" AVA's.

Castello di Amorosa's 30 acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and Primitivo is in the Diamond Mountain District AVA. Covering 5,000 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the northeast side of the Napa Valley, this region has over 500 acres under vine. The cool fog that influences the valley floor is not a factor here due to our up-valley location and higher elevation vineyard. Lack of topsoil, porous volcanic soil and extended exposure to the sun are reasons why world-class wines, Cabernet Sauvignon in particular, are described as bold and powerful with chewy textures and firm tannins.

Time Posted: Jan 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Jim Sullivan
 
January 18, 2010 | Jim Sullivan

Castello di Amorosa's Merlot Tops in Napa Valley

Castello di Amorosa's 2006 Merlot was recently judged the best Merlot in a blind taste test sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the St. Helena Star.

Judged by veteran Napa Valley winemakers, the Castello's Merlot was the least expensive of the five finalists.

Here's the link to the St. Helena Star article:

http://sthelenastar.com/articles/2009/12/07/business/local/doc4b170819e12bf105329273.txt

The following is an excerpt from the article:

"Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Merlot 2006 ($34) is a bowl of ripe cherries, currants, raspberry and dark plum with dusty tannins. Crafted by winemaker Brooks Painter, this wine is 100% Merlot. Visiting the incredible castle, between Calistoga and St. Helena on Highway 29, would be a fun way to share the holiday with friends and family. While there won't be sleigh rides in the snow, Castello di Amorosa has horse-drawn carriage rides through the vineyards."

Visit Castello di Amorosa to taste the award-winning Merlot. Our wines are only available at the Castello or online.
 

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

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