The idea behind Castello di Amorosa began in Calistoga, California 20 years ago. The passion project of building an Italian castle in Napa Valley finally opened to the public in 2007. Though I have not visited the property, I had the chance of sampling three of their white wines recently.
2012 Castello di Amorosa Gewürztraminer "Dry"
Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
$25, 14.5% abv.
2,392 cases made
The bottle opens up with rich honeysuckle aromas and gentle honey flavors though it is completely dry. Touch of spice on the finish with medium acidity. Highly recommended, and an excellent match for Thai or Indian food.
2011 Castello di Amorosa Chardonnay
$28, 14.4% abv.
1,424 cases made
Classic California Chardonnay with the oak providing rich butter and caramel aromas. On the palate it has a round body with a creamy finish. Serve with gently roasted pork medallions and roasted potatoes.
2011 Castello di Amorosa "Bien Nacido" Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County
$38, 14.8% abv.
1,344 cases made
A little brasher than the former wine, this one has dominant notes of vanilla and popcorn, with mild yellow apple flavors and medium acidity. I'd recommend serving this one with a heavily spiced grilled seafood dish, like red snapper with a mango salsa.
Note: These wines were provided as samples.