70% Cabernet, 16% Merlot, 14% Sangiovese
”Oh dear…he’s getting all weird and deep on us!”
Wait a minute!!! Hear me out!!! So I was pouring at a wine tasting at a private residence last week, here in Jacksonville, and I happened to be looking through their wine cellar…because I’m nosy like that. Now let me just tell you that this is one of the most INSANE wine cellars I’ve ever seen; not just because of its size, because as anyone will tell you size isn’t all that matters(!), but more because of the bottles contained within the cellar. I mean, there was stuff in there I’d never even heard-of before, mainly Napa-focused, but from generally wineries you just don’t see around for sale at a retail level.
Long story short, my eyes were drawn to one particular bottle, mainly for the fact it had a wax seal; and with it being laid down on its side at the time, I needed to take it out of the rack to get a better look at the label. The bottle was: Castello di Amorosa “La Castellana.” I remember thinking that I’d really like to give it a try, but I wasn’t about to ask the owners if I could pop it open (even though they would-have in a heartbeat), so I put the bottle back, didn’t think too much more of it, and returned to the tasting.
So the very next morning, I’m sat down at my laptop typing up an email and there’s a knock at my door. It’s the FedEx guy and he has a package for me….a wine shipment (as is usually the case)…and guess who these wine samples are from…that’s right! Castello di Amorosa “La Castellana.”
I’m not a religious guy…but I think the wine God Bacchus SERIOUSLY wanted me to write this wine review!
Not as “big” as I was expecting, they’ve actually done quite a good job of giving this wine a “Tuscan feel.” Velvety smooth, and surprisingly restrained, it probably needs at least another few years in the bottle before it gets to where it needs to be. Black cherry, plum and mocha dominate, with well integrated tannins that don’t overwhelm. I got a little a tobacco and oak in there, also.
Quite a surprise from what I was expecting. Napa has been boring me a little lately, but maybe it’s because I get sent (by way of wine samples) so much of it. The Castello di Amorosa “La Castellana” is different, and if you’re looking to experience a more elegant side to “The Valley,” you might want to give it a shot.
I paired it with an episode of Downton Abbey…and I recommend you do the same.
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