*92 Points - Robert Parker*
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, James Laube – Intense, with firm, vibrant red and dark berry flavors amid currant, black cherry and licorice note, supported by smoky, cedary oak details and flinty, minerally elements. Ends crisp and lively. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2032. 2,928 cases made. J.L. (11/16)
- 92 Points - James Suckling – Very well done with firm tannins and a fresh and lively profile. Full body, cherry, walnut, and cedar. Hints of chocolate. Mostly cabernet sauvignon with merlot and sangiovese. Drink or hold.
- 92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - The 2013 Proprietary Red La Castellana is a bend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. A real successful effort of this blend, the wine shows cedar wood, tobacco leaf, blackcurrants and ripe black cherry in a medium to full-bodied, lush, savory, complex style. Drink it over the next 5-8 years.
Acclaim for the 2013 Vintage
"2013 was a stunning vintage that produced absolutely remarkable wines – possibly even better than the magnificent 2012 ‘nearly perfect’ wines. Both growing seasons were dry and early ripening, which brought the fruit to full maturity while avoiding fall rains. The temperatures were on the cool side which retained excellent acidity and wonderful aging potential. The 2013 reds are complex and full-bodied, classic Napa Valley style."
- Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Sangiovese
September 17 - October 21, 2013
22 months in French oak barrels
July 24, 2015
Dark stone fruit, spices, red cherries, and floral notes are supported by silky, polished tannins. La Castellana is a harmonious blend that strikes a balance between power and elegance. Patience will be rewarded as La Castellana slowly reveals her secrets over the years.
Our “Lady of the Castle” is a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with excellent long-term aging potential. Beginning in the late 1960s, a few winemakers in Tuscany attempted to make more complex red wines by planting the classic Bordeaux red grape varieties. While they experimented with these wines as separate varietal blends excluding the regional variety, Sangiovese, they also tried omitting the small amount of the white variety “Malvasia bianca” traditionally added to Sangiovese to produce “Chianti Classico” in lieu of a blend with Bordeaux varietals (namely, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). The term "Super Tuscan" describes a red wine made in this new style. Aromatic and intense, these wines have a character all their own. Italian examples of the Bordeaux reds from this region are Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Tignanello, now some of the most revered wines in the world. Examples of Italian Bordeaux/Sangiovese blends are Guidalberto and Le Volte. La Castellana is similar in style to these wines.
Food Pairing Notes
This elegant "Super Tuscan" wine goes well with lamb, sausage, grilled steak, Venison or a great pasta dish such as Pappardelle with wild boar (Dario's favorite).