The Napa Valley, a premiere wine-region with world-class wines, is a beautiful place; a great place to take visitors.
We are were humbled when we heard that Castello di Amorosa was honored with the distinction of "2010 Best Place to Take Visitors" in the Best of Napa & Sonoma Valleys magazine-presented by 1440 KVON & 99.3 THE VINE.
With voting conducted by ballot and online, Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery, joins a select group of establishments considered by locals as the best place to eat, drink and stay in the Napa Valley.
Robert Parker, a leading U.S. wine critic with international influence can literally make or break wineries with his judgments. He was in the Napa Valley at the invitation of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and posted the following in his newsletter, The Wine Advocate.
Robert Parker score: 94
"The brilliant 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Il Barone boasts an opaque purple color as well as a beautiful sweet nose of blackberries, black currants, camphor, subtle toasty oak, and espresso roast. Rich and full-bodied with sweet tannin, a hint of smoked meats, deep fruit, and an impeccable balance, purity and texture, this stunning wine should drink nicely for 15-20 years."
Robert Parker score: 92
"The 2007 La Castellana is a proprietary blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 6% Sangiovese. An outstanding, hedonistic, complex red, it reveals notes of wild strawberries, new saddle leather, black currants, cherries, cedar, and smoked herbs. Full-bodied, lush, and seductive, this beautifully mouthfilling, supple wine should be enjoyed over the next 7-10 years."
Castello di Amorosa wines are sold only at the winery, directly to the consumer. The 2007 vintages Il Barone and La Castellena Super Tuscan will be released in 2012.
Dario Sattui's Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century Tuscan-style castle and winery, provided an intimate backdrop on ABC's 14th edition of The Bachelor. This season's The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love stars the handsome commercial pilot from Dallas-and fan favorite-Jake Pavelka. Tune into ABC on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 pm Eastern and Pacific/7 pm Central to see scenes from Jake's date at Castello di Amorosa which aired on February 1, 2010. Watch the full episode at www.abc.go.com.
After a series of romantic and adventurous dates, Jake Pavelka's search for love led him and some lovely ladies to the Napa Valley and Castello di Amorosa, the "Castle of Love." At 121,000 square feet and with four levels of wine cellars and caves below ground, Jake Pavelka and his dates searched for love in one of the most unique venues in America.
The Bachelor is a primetime reality series, where one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. The Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes and gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.