Posts Tagged ‘Castello di Amorosa’

Back to the Castle

June 5, 2013

So…

Kara made some amazing Macaroni and Cheese tonight, and I just happened to have another wine sample to review, so I figured I’d pair the two.

Check out the wine…

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Castello di Amorosa 2012 Mendocino County Pinot Grigio

And the Mac and Cheese…

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Kara used Gruyere and Cheddar in this bad boy. Yum!

The Castello di Amorosa 2012 Mendocino County Pinot Grigio consists of 100% Stainless Steel Tank-Aged Pinot Grigio.  It comes in at 14.5% alcohol, and is available at the winery (as well as in their extensive online store) for $21.

Color: Very pale yellow.  Think of the color of hay.

Nose: Massive amounts of honeysuckle (maybe due to the 3.8 g/L of residual sugar) create a nice backdrop for the green apple and honeydew fruits.  The nose isn’t overly sweet.  There are plenty of wet rocks to balance everything out.

Taste: There is a surprisingly nice petrol note to this wine which provides for a very fun, viscous mouthfeel.  As with most Pinot Grigios, there is a brightly acidic backbone to this wine that delivers a variety of citrus fruit flavors of lemon and lime zest.  There is a nice combination of honey and minerality at play here too.

Score: I get it.  Castello di Amorosa makes wines consisting of mainly Italian varieties of grapes, and no self-respecting “Italian” winery would ever label a bottle as “Pinot Gris”, but… This is not one of those ordinary, 20-dollar, flat-lemon-lime-soda-tasting, Italian Pinot Grigios that have been taking over your local super market in recent years.  This drinks like one of those rich, subtle, and intriguing Oregonian Pinot Gris that I have been grooving on in recent months.  Stylistically, these guys have done everything right with the grape they call the “Grey Pine”.  At 87+ points, you may want to introduce this Pinot Grigio to your favorite housewife.

With the Food: Kara’s Mac n’ Cheese is killer!  Creamy.  Cheesy.  Zesty.  And the combination of the soft pasta and the crunchy bread crumbs makes it a textural sensation.  When paired with the Pinot Grigio the flavor of the dish transforms to that of a pear, walnut, and gorgonzola pizza.  Fantastic!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 102: Storming the Castle

June 3, 2013

In this episode, Jeff sees if this destination winery’s juice can hold up to the power of this barbecue…

(Note: At the time of filming, Jeff did not realize that Castello di Amorosa sold their wines online.  Their online wine shop is, in fact, very extensive, and quite easy to use.  So… When you hear Jeff say something to the contrary in the following video, please shout back at him that he is wrong.)

Wine Tasted:

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Castello di Amorosa 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

After the Facts:

1. This wine sample was provided by Castello di Amorosa for review.  Click here to check ‘em out.

2. I bought this tri tip sandwich from Trail Dust Barbeque.  Click here to check THEM out.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What is your favorite destination winery?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.


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