Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Wines

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When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time reading. Mostly because I was a bit of a troublemaker and my father grounded me quite often so I would read in my rebellious solitude for days on end. But when I read, it was always about castles, dragons, fair maidens, and chivalrous men in suits of armor! Click ahead about, well….40 years and I still love my castles but now I am a big wine enthusiast as well. So what better fit for a wine loving King Arthur fan than to visit Castello di Amorosa Winery in Napa Valley?

This winery is also an amazing 13th century inspired Tuscan castle in the heart of California wine country! Driving up the entrance road up to the castle as you pass through the vineyards is exhilarating! And as the castle comes into view, you can just imagine the swordsmen, arrows flying, and cauldrons of hot oil spewing over attackers at the bottom of the castle walls. With all this going on outside the walls (in my head), the real excitement is inside the castle walls. There are many rooms to explore as well as a huge courtyard, dining area, hallways, and guardsman crows nests. And of course, a lower level wine tasting room full of award winning wines for you to experience. You can try the five wine premium or six wine reserve wine sampler in the main tasting room which is chock full of medieval relics to browse. We enjoyed all the wines at Castello di Amorosa and would love to tell you about our three favorite wines here.

Castello di Amorosa 2013 Sangiovese – Voyager Vineyard in Napa Valley – Exploding with flavors of dark berry, lush black cherry, tobacco, and earth. Rustic yet elegant. Full bodied with a nice grippy tannin structure that gives this wine life! Fruit forward but a perfect amount of spice and oak to balance the flavors. Excellent with pork, lamb, grilled chicken, pasta, and medium style cheeses. 92 Points and average of $45 a bottle.

Castello di Amorosa 2012 Il Brigante Red Blend – Napa Valley – A blend that is predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a smattering of Sangiovese, Red Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Noir that spent almost 2 years in French Oak barrels. Garnet in color with lush aromas of blackberry, plum, and leather. Big flavors of ripe blackberry, earth, leather, and hints of dark red berries. Rich and elegant with notes of white pepper and a long, toasty oak finish. Pair with beef, lamb, lasagna, roasted vegetables, and medium to sharp cheeses. Everyday is a celebration so sip the right wines because you deserve it! 93 Points and avg $35 a bottle.

Castello di Amorosa 2015 Il Rubino Pinot Noir – 100% Pinot Noir from the North Coast and aged 10 months in Burgundian French Oak Barrels. Enchanting aroma’s of ripe cherries, dark berries, vanilla, and herbs. Intoxicating flavors of Black Cherry, blueberries, cola, earth, and an euphoric vanilla spice finish. Very balanced in flavors with a long, smooth finish. Complex with a wonderful layering of flavors. Pair with Poached Salmon, BBQ pork, baked ham, Mushroom Risotto, fresh salads, and medium cheeses. Close to perfection! 94 Points and about $42 a bottle.

So your plan of attack is to take fencing lessons, watch some Game of Thrones, and prepare your palate for some elegant wines in a medieval setting. A fun stop in Napa Valley so plan to spend a few hours here enjoying the wines and exploring the castle. Saluti!!

 

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