Winery Visit: Castello de Amarosa – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Every detail in this medieval Italian castle is not just a façade but a heartfelt homage to an evocative style and historical period.  In many ways it was that destination that you could only find in California.  There is an admission charge just for viewing the property but it is completely worth it.  This structure is in complete harmony with it’s surroundings.  This is a project of Dario Suttui

Now the wines are generally both an homage to both Napa and Italy—so what better place to find a super Tuscan.  This winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and their Il Brigante is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sanvgiovese, Zinfandel and Merlot.  I need a re-tasting of their latest vintage to write up.  I look forward to a return visit.


Castello di Amarosa

4045 N. St. Helena Highway

Calistoga, CA  94515

(707) 967-6272



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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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