Wine Review: Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer

Basic Information

Name – 2016 Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer Dry

Vintage – 2016

Region – USA – California – Anderson Valley

Varietal – Gewurtztraminer

Pricing – $26.00

Alcohol – 14.4%

Appearance

This wine is clear and pale lemon in color.

Aroma/Nose

The nose is clean with a medium intensity of aromas. The aromas consisted of florals, honey and apricot. This really was a pleasant first impression leaving us with some high hopes for this wine.

Taste/Palate

This is an off dry wine with high acidity and fuller body. Flavor characteristics of the nose carry into the palate with florals, honey and apricot leading the way. Slight hints of tropical notes as well but I found the earlier notes mentioned to be more dominant.

Finish

There is a long lengthy mineral finish.

Overall Experience

We thought this Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer was a good wine at Castello di Amorosa Winery. It was probably our favorite wine of the entire tasting session where we tried about 12 different wines from their portfolio. The label says dry but with 12 g/L of residual sugar this is really an off dry wine. We ended up picking up a bottle of this to bring home as well as the Gioia.

Pairings

Food – Spicy dishes, cured meats, smoked meats

Cigar – Macanudo Inspirado Red

Wine Accolades

BEST OF CLASS – 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Earlier vintages

  • 2015 VINTAGE
    • Sweepstakes Winner – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2014 VINTAGE
    • Gold Medal – 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • 2013 VINTAGE
    • Best of Class – 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 2012 VINTAGE
    • 91 Points – Bacchus and Beery
    • 90 Points – Rich Cook
    • Best of Class – 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    • Double Gold Medal – 2014 Appellation America Best-of-Appellation Program
  • 2010 VINTAGE
    • Double Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Winemakers Tasting Notes

The grapes for this wine were grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. We pick after the grapes have developed a pink to reddish hue, and the aromas are effuse with rose petals, cinnamon spice and exotic lychee fruit. We handle the fruit very carefully, avoiding as much as possible some of the more bitter tannins found in the skins. It is cold fermented in stainless steel and bottled in the spring. Gewürztraminer is a grape I am familiar with, as it was one of the first white grapes I made into wine when I started in the wine business 38 years ago. It is delightful with strong cheeses, spicy Asian dishes and sauced white meats. – Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking at Castello di Amorosa Winery.

About Castello di Amorosa Wine – http://www.castellodiamorosa.com