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2016 LA CASTELLANA, Super Tuscan Blend

2016 LA CASTELLANA, Super Tuscan Blend

Our “Lady of the Castle” is a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with excellent long-term aging potential. Dark stone fruit, spices, red cherries, raspberry puree, and dark chocolate are supported by silky, polished tannins. La Castellana is a harmonious blend that strikes a balance between power and elegance. Patience will be rewarded as La Castellana slowly reveals her secrets over the years.

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ACCOLADES

James Suckling (91 Points) – "Quite mellow and savory with a fairly sleek body, this is a very distinctive Napa red with lots of cherries and mulberries, a blood-orange freshness driving the long, rather dry finish. Where is the salami? Drink or hold."

Wine Enthusiast (90 Points) - "Made from 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 13% Sangiovese and 1% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this is substantial red wine, thick in tannin and smoky oak. Plummy and lush, it finishes in deep, dark chocolate." Virginie Boone

Wine Spectator (90 Points) - "Very ripe, with raspberry puree, plum and boysenberry fruit racing through, carried by polished tannins and coated by a red licorice note on the toasted finish. For the hedonist crowd. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 2,934 cases made." — JM

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Sangiovese, 13 % Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 6, 2016
Acid
6.2 g/L
pH
3.58
Aging
20 Months in 90% New Bordeaux French oak
Bottling Date
July 3, 2018
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Spectator
90
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Dark stone fruit, spices, red cherries, raspberry puree, and dark chocolate are supported by silky, polished tannins. La Castellana is a harmonious blend that strikes a balance between power and elegance. Patience will be rewarded as La Castellana slowly reveals her secrets over the years.
Ratings
James Suckling (91 Points) – Quite mellow and savory with a fairly sleek body, this is a very distinctive Napa red with lots of cherries and mulberries, a blood-orange freshness driving the long, rather dry finish. Where is the salami? Drink or hold. Wine Spectator (90 Points)
Vineyard Notes
From an outstanding mix of the Napa Valley's best vineyards including our own Butala Vineyard and Grigsby Vineyard as well.
Winemaker Notes
Our “Lady of the Castle” is a Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with excellent long-term aging potential. Beginning in the late 1960s, a few winemakers in Tuscany attempted to make more complex red wines by planting the classic Bordeaux red grape varieties. While they experimented with these wines as separate varietal blends excluding the regional variety, Sangiovese, they also tried omitting the small amount of the white variety “Malvasia bianca” traditionally added to Sangiovese to produce “Chianti Classico” in lieu of a blend with Bordeaux varietals (namely, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). The term "Super Tuscan" describes a red wine made in this new style. Aromatic and intense, these wines have a character all their own. Italian examples of the Bordeaux reds from this region are Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Tignanello, now some of the most revered wines in the world. Examples of Italian Bordeaux/Sangiovese blends are Guidalberto and Le Volte. La Castellana is similar in style to these wines.
Food Pairing Notes
This elegant "Super Tuscan" wine goes well with lamb, sausage, grilled steak, Venison or a great pasta dish such as Pappardelle with wild boar (Dario's favorite).
Production
Limited Production
Other Notes
Larger format bottles allow for high quality wines to age slower and longer. This is due to a lower volume of surface area in a Magnum bottle. Producing a beautiful wine that lasts for years to come.

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Chris Santos
(Nov 29, 2022 at 12:07 PM)
Best wine I have ever had to date!

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