Complex aromas of honey and candied apricot with hints of rose petal. Rich flavors of honeysuckle and stone fruits on the palate are balanced by a refreshing acidity and lingering sweetness in the finish.
This Castello Estate vineyard is located just south of the town of Boonville in Anderson Valley, a coastal valley region famed for Burgundian and Alsatian varieties. The vineyard was planted in the late 1990’s to Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling.
A succulent and deliciously spicy white wine loaded with aroma and flavor, made in a "Noble Rot"
dessert, or very sweet, style.
Following the very small 2015 harvest, it was heartening to see the vines recover and bounce back to produce not only extremely high quality fruit but also some bounty in 2016! Harvest was earlier than we expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. With the ample rain that fell this past spring, the soils were moist and the vines started growing in early spring and shoot growth was active. Flowering also turned out be optimum, with very little frost, so the individual grape varieties responded and good pollination allowed for a more typical crop.
Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional; very fresh fruit aromas and flavors were evident in the whites, and a delicious balance evolved as the harvest proceeded. Acids are firm and pH is slightly lower, so the wines should be well-structured with very good aging potential. During harvest, we saw the reds evolve every as day the skins softened, the tannins became more velvety and the grapes came into their own. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like!
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal with after dinner desserts of chocolate torte, crème brulee or baked fruit with an artisanal cheese selection.