Castoro Cellars

Merlot

8.713 ratings
8.91 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Merlot
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David Shaw

Dense purple, highly extracted pigment. Cherry, mixed berry and sage notes in nose on initial pour. Blueberry, cherry flavors, light fine-grained skin astringency in finish, nice length of fruit. Interesting tannin structure, heavy in skin contact, light on seeds. Tannins build in intensity with time, aeration. The Castoro style for reds is tannin-heavy, not to everybody’s taste, but I’ve always admired their commitment to a style that’s gone somewhat out of fashion elsewhere. To my thinking, it enhances even the much maligned Merlot varietal (Sideways, anyone?) No one wants to age wines like this anymore, it seems. I wonder if wines like this even need further aging. Decant, aerate, enjoy, tannins and all... Three hours should do it.

Dense purple, highly extracted pigment. Cherry, mixed berry and sage notes in nose on initial pour. Blueberry, cherry flavors, light fine-grained skin astringency in finish, nice length of fruit. Interesting tannin structure, heavy in skin contact, light on seeds. Tannins build in intensity with time, aeration. The Castoro style for reds is tannin-heavy, not to everybody’s taste, but I’ve always admired their commitment to a style that’s gone somewhat out of fashion elsewhere. To my thinking, it enhances even the much maligned Merlot varietal (Sideways, anyone?) No one wants to age wines like this anymore, it seems. I wonder if wines like this even need further aging. Decant, aerate, enjoy, tannins and all... Three hours should do it.

May 3rd, 2019
Adam Brown

Okay, but dry and bitter

Okay, but dry and bitter

Jan 11th, 2016
Daisy Cisneros

Estate Merlot. Dry but not enough flavor for me.

Estate Merlot. Dry but not enough flavor for me.

Jan 10th, 2016
Danny Wright

The Best I have had up to this point.

The Best I have had up to this point.

Jan 1st, 2016
Doreen Tran

Little sour, cinnamon, lightish, good with cheese and artichoke pizza.

Little sour, cinnamon, lightish, good with cheese and artichoke pizza.

Dec 6th, 2015
Beau Baldwin

Michigan beats Kansas... I'm going to need this!

Michigan beats Kansas... I'm going to need this!

Mar 30th, 2013
Sophy Lu Barbieri

It’s the estate grown merlot

It’s the estate grown merlot

Nov 6th, 2020
Todd Kleibor

Todd had this 4 years ago

Todd had this 4 years ago

Jun 15th, 2017
Austin Anton

Austin had this 4 years ago

Austin had this 4 years ago

Feb 26th, 2017
Kristin Ranger

Kristin had this 5 years ago

Kristin had this 5 years ago

Dec 31st, 2015