94 points

Castello di Amorosa 2009 Il Barone Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

An impressive Cabernet, flashy and dramatic in the "cult" style. It’s smooth and velvety, with imposingly rich tannins that frame ripe, pure black currant, crème de cassis, dark chocolate and anise flavors. There’s a lot of oak, too, but it’s in keeping with the wine’s volume. Should develop over the next 15 years…  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
93 points

Castello di Amorosa 2010 Don Thomas Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)

The vineyard is in Rutherford, and this 100% Cabernet does show the dusty tannins for which the commune is known. It’s also very ripe and exuberant, with tiers of black and red cherry pie, currant and oak flavors, as well as a delicious, earthy note of green olives. Forward now, but should gain in the bottle over…  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
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93 points

Castello di Amorosa 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

They held this Cab back for nearly four years, but it’s still pretty closed and tannic. Give it another six in the cellar, to let it begin to throw some sediment, which will let the blackberries and cherries drink sweet and pure.  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
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93 points

Castello di Amorosa 2008 La Castellana Red (Napa Valley)

Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a splash of Sangiovese, this super Tuscan-style blend is powerful in every respect. It shows massively concentrated blackberry and crème de cassis flavors, with notes of dark chocolate and spices. The oak is rich and toasty, the tannins thick but as soft as silk, and the…  — S.H.   Published 5/1/2013
92 points

Castello di Amorosa 2010 Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

The vineyard isn’t well known, but it’s on Pritchard Hill, near much more famous sources of Cabernet. It’s a deceptive wine, so rich and flamboyant in sweet, jammy blackberries and cherries, chocolate and licorice, you want to drink the whole bottle. Yet it has the tannin-acid balance to age, possibly for a long…  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
92 points

Castello di Amorosa 2009 La Castellana Red (Napa Valley)

This is a big wine, clearly in need of cellaring. There’s a massive core of blackberries, cherries and baking chocolate on the palate, but it’s rigidly tannic, dry and acidic still. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, putting it in the super Tuscan category. Give it until 2017 to…  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
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89 points

Castello di Amorosa 2010 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer (Anderson Valley)

Fantastically rich and sweet, with vast, deep flavors of honey, apricots, tangerines, vanilla and spices. The residual sugar is 13.3%. We humans are hard-wired to love this level of sweetness, but a minor quibble is that the acidity isn’t high enough to provide ultimate balance.  — S.H.   Published 7/1/2012
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88 points

Castello di Amorosa 2010 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County)

Although not indicated on the label, this wine is sourced from a vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. It’s a very good, but predictable, Chardonnay, spotlighting honeyed tropical fruit, lime and peach, along with oak-fueled notes of vanilla and buttered toast.  — S.H.   Published 12/1/2013
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