Castello di Amorosa Sprumante del Castello Brut 2017 Napa Valley, California
Pale lemon in color with a light golden hue.
Soft nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, yeast, white pepper, minerals and light spices.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.
Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, minerals, bread, spices, light yeast and white pepper.
Tangy finish with spices and limes.
This is a great Vintage sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity, once it opens up.
Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.
Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly. As it opens up, more bread and yeast notes show up. Reminds me of a good quality Champagne.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, yolk dust and crispy capers.
A blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional method.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
$49. — a month ago
Another new encounter that’s surprising in a good way. Dark purple in color with notes of dark berries but a firm acidic lively palate carrying through to a medium finish. More energetic and lively than might be expected from the almost inky color. Only 10ABV! Very refreshing indeed for a red Yet paired very well with blackened salmon that’s pretty spicy! Only 49 cases made. AA13 — 2 months ago
My note of 49 weeks ago tells the full story of this historic vineyard planted in 1885 and tended by 6th generation Ralph Schrapel. Part of the Peter Lehmann VSV (Very Special Vineyard) series. This wine is delicious old school Barossa with ripe plum, dark chocolate, cherry, liquorice and coffee grounds. A hint of prune on the nose. Great to be drinking these rich reds as the weather cools down. This vineyard is in the Ebenezer sub district of the Barossa. My last bottle sadly. — 17 days ago
Without question the best cabernet franc I’ve ever had from California, this is unfortunately the last bottle I have. I don’t know what happened in 2007, but Gerhard made a spectacular cab franc that has no parallel before or since (of course, the winery no longer exists - at least not in any recognizable form - but you get my meaning). Still drinking incredibly well, this was a singular achievement from what always was a WAY underrated winery. — 11 days ago
Outstanding. Spanish wine that tasted like Italian wine. $49 on marathon sale, would buy again. — a month ago
Great fruity ganache that goes well with food or on its own. Little bit of precipitant in it. — 2 months ago
49% Cab Sav, 41% Merlot. A touch if Cab Franc and 1% petit Verdot. This is a Cab Sav Merlot blend although advertised as a Meritage. Very nice. Lovely on the nose. Fruity with dry finish. — 2 months ago