Soft aromas of blackberry and black cherry mingle with hints of clove and subtle smoke, leading to elegant notes of dark fruits, black tea, and forest floor.
This Castello Estate vineyard is located just south of the town of Boonville in Anderson Valley, a cool-climate region famed for Burgundian and Alsatian varieties. This 34 acre ranch is planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling. Our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of five clones from this vineyard: 777, 115, DRC, Calera, and 667.
An elegant cool-climate Pinot Noir from our estate vineyard in Anderson Valley, in Mendocino County.
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall - a welcome end to the 4-years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occurred under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. A short but intense heat wave during the first part of September brought brix levels up dramatically and winemakers waited for the pH, acids, flavor and color development in the grapes to catch up to sugar accumulation. The 2018 wine quality shows a lot of bright acidity and fresh varietal aromas in the white wines, and deep color, sweet fruit flavors. Looking like it will be another classic year! - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
Pinot Noir is the ideal pairing with salmon. The light red fruits and earthy, savory nature of a Pinot are a perfect match to the rich and savory meat of the salmon. Since salmon is an oily fish, a Pinot with a medium acidity helps to cut through and balance the dish's oiliness. Mushroom risotto is also a perfect pairing for Pinot Noir made in this style.