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2017 LA CASTELLANA, Super Tuscan Blend

2017 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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Explore our Super Tuscan Blend with Winemaker Brooks Painter.


ACCOLADES

• JamesSuckling.com (92 Points)

"Aromas of wild roses and forest leaves with redcurrants and a spicy, cedary edge. The palate is smoothly delivered with such attractively fine, round tannin and impressive freshness and length. A blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 12% sangiovese. Drink or hold."

  • ​​​Wine Enthusiast Magazine (92 Points)

• Wine Spectator (91 Points)

"Sports cassis and steeped blackberry notes along with singed juniper, rose petal and cast iron hints. A late echo of sweet, aged balsamic adds an interesting facet, with a lingering wet earth hint too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2027."

*92 Points, James Suckling*
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
76% Cabernet Savignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Sangiovese
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 6, 2017
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.56
Aging
20 Months in 90% New Bordeaux French oak
Bottling Date
July 30, 2019
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.9
Wine Spectator
91
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
Aromas of wild roses and forest leaves with redcurrants and a spicy, cedary edge. The palate is smoothly delivered with such attractively fine, round tannin and impressive freshness and length. A blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 12% sangiovese. Drink or hold. - 92 Points, James Suckling
Vineyard Notes
From an outstanding mix of the Napa Valley's best vineyards including our own Butala Vineyard and Grigsby Vineyard as well.
Production Notes
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall, a welcome end to the 4 years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occured under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. The 2017 wine quality shows a lot of sweet fruit flavors and firm tannin structure in the reds. Looking like it will be another classic year! - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
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

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