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Peter's Favorites, Winemakers Pack

Peter's Favorites, Winemakers Pack

Our curated selection of Napa Valley wines were hand selected by winemaker Peter Velleno as his favorites. Over his 14 years as Castello winemaker Peter Velleno has had a real impact on our wine program. His curious nature and hard working spirit has led to a bevy of 90+ point wines. These wines represent the core of what our winemaking team is all about.

See below why Peter picked each wine as his favorite.

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2018 Trenta, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley "Our most recent creation, Trenta carefully illustrates the close relationship between the wine & barrel. The 30 months provides this Cabernet blend with depths not normally seen with 18-month barrel cycles. The results speak for themselves."

2017 Quattro, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley "Quattro is the result of the winemaker's instinct, quick thinking, and a little bit of luck. On October 15, 2017, after harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon from 4 of the Castello's top vineyards, a small quantity from each was left over due to the 4 intended fermentation vessels coming full. Knowing that the fruit was all of great quality, he decided to ferment the leftovers together in a single small tank. Upon tasting the wine just as the fermentation was finishing up, we knew something special had occurred, and we proclaimed that the "Quattro" warranted a unique bottling. No blending has been done with this wine since that fateful day the grapes were plucked from the 4 distinct vineyard sites from across the Napa Valley."

2017 Rapp Ranch, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley "Rapp Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is the most recent addition to the Castello di Amorosa single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon lineup. Our first vintage from this cool-climate gem of a property was in 2016 and it has not disappointed since. The AVA of Coombsville is located South-East of the city of Napa and it offers a glimpse of the past life of the Napa Valley before vineyards dominated the landscape. Rapp Ranch, once a well-known horse breeding ranch, has been reinvented as a premier vineyard, while keeping its historical charm. The Cabernet grown here is always inky dark purple and very intense in flavor. It is useful as a blending component for the Castello’s top wines. As a single vineyard wine, it is unmistakably Coombsville in all the right ways."

2019 Zingaro, Sonoma County "Zingaro is the go-to red wine in my home. It is perfect with pizza, spicy pasta, or bbq. Zingaro’s signature is contrasting yet complimentary elements: high natural acidity vs. sweet textures, peppery herbal aromas vs. super ripe berry flavors. It is a crowd pleasing blend that will also satisfy the connoisseur looking for depth and complexity."

2020 Reserve Chardonnay, Napa Valley "The Reserve Chardonnay is our take on the classic barrel aged white wine. The Castello di Amorosa version is fermented and aged in 100% new French oak barrels, and is significantly influenced by the secondary malolactic fermentation, which adds a rich creamy finish to the wine. Be warned: if it is part of a special dinner, the Reserve Chardonnay will steal the show."

2020 Gewürztraminer Dry, Anderson Valley "Hard to pronounce but fun to drink. Our Gewurztraminer surprises everyone who tries it for the first time because it is so aromatic that you can smell the rose petals and lychee fruit before you even get your nose in the glass. I also love sharing our Gewurz with wine aficionados who long ago wrote off wine made from the variety as being sweet and boring, because ours is anything but. It is dry, vibrant, and uniquely aromatic. You can’t help loving it."

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