2017 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

2017 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

¥2,400

The wine-growing regions of Mendocino remain remain rural, rugged and almost out of reach by Bay Area day-trippers. Hence, the region is one of dense forests, ranches, farms and vineyards without a lot of tourist facilities. Winegrowing in the Anderson Valley is blessed by a cool climate that allows Pinot Noir to develop wonderful aromatics and bright fruit flavors. Castle Rock’s Mendocino Pinot is a great value, a medium-bodied wine that pleases with attractive cherry and wild berry fruit as well as notes of earth, cedar and savory herbs. Lamb, chicken, salmon and light pasta dishes will all pair well with this wine.

Winery


Winery Description

Producing low-priced wine is not difficult in California – as long as one uses undistinguished central valley grapes. Yet Castle Rock Winery sells premium, handcrafted wines from the best appellations in California, Oregon and Washington at prices that match those wines labeled “California.” Castle Rock Winery’s secret to providing “appellation wines at affordable prices” is to operate as a kind of “virtual winery,” owning neither its own vineyards nor a winery. Instead it maintains close, long-term relationships with around forty growers in such areas as Monterey County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Willamette Valley and Colombia Valley and leases state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in all three states. Winemaker August "Joe" Briggs works closely with the growers to ensure they produce the best quality fruit while overseeing the winemaking at the same time. This unique method of operating allows Castle Rock to avoid the “money pits” of land and fancy buildings that sink many wineries and focus everything on securing the best grapes and crafting delicious wines. Since the beginning in 1994, Castle Rock has focused particularly on Pinot Noir, making distinct bottlings from such key Pinot districts as Carneros, Russian River Valley and Willamette Valley. However, over the years the winery has also branched out into other popular varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Riesling. Though an oft-repeated wine country adage goes, “it takes a fortune to make a small fortune in the wine business,” Castle Rock Winery has shown there is a way to make captivating wines for the discerning drinker without deep pockets. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Mendocino County
Winery Castle Rock
Vintage 2017
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 34.0 x 25.5 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code CA17MEP
UPC 083837006100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

87 points – Wine Spectator; 86 points – Wine Enthusiast.Garnet red and medium-bodied, the wine starts with violets, black cherry, autumn leaves and vanilla spice and evolves into layers of silky strawberry, raspberry, spice and earthy notes. A supple texture and smooth tannins round out the finish.

Production


Vinification

Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. 

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