Enticing aromas of brambleberries, toasted sage, white pepper, and clove lead to plush yet silky layers of red fruits and hints of graham cracker on the palate, with a subtle acidity, polished tannins, and a refined finish.
This 12 acre Castello Estate vineyard, located just west of the town of Philo in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, is in a very cool microclimate and divided into 9 blocks of Pinot Noir planted with DRC, 115, 777, Rochioli, 23, and 828 clones. It is sustainably farmed by our vineyard team, led by longtime Castello Vineyard Manager David Bejar.
This Castello Estate wine is the newest addition to our Pinot Noir program, and is featured in our
exclusive single vineyard Pinot Noir Allocation.
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. Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional, 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. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like! —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this elegant yet versatile wine with roast duck, charred cod with mushrooms, or sottocenere Italian truffle cheese.
490 cases made.