2019 Castle Rock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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2019 Castle Rock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

¥3,300 (incl. tax)

Willamette Pinot Noir is a great new addition to Hotei’s selection of affordable appellation Pinot Noirs produced by the Castle Rock Winery. The cool climate, lengthy growing season, and diverse soils are just part of what makes the Willamette Valley a great region for this varietal. As important is the devotion to a handcrafted approach, organic viticulture and sustainability practiced by so many of the producers there. The Willamette Valley is now recognized for a style of Pinot Noir that’s well-balanced, supple and crisp, lighter in body but as deliciously fruit-forward as its counterparts in California. The winery describes this wine as offering “aromas of cherry and spice. On the palate, it gives flavors of berries, cinnamon, black cherry, sweet vanilla oak, and floral notes with a long velvety finish.” It should pair well with lamb, chicken, pork, salmon, and light pasta dishes.

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 Oregon
Appellation(s) Willamette Valley (Oregon)
Winery Castle Rock
Vintage 2019
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 14.0%
Product Code CA19WP
UPC 083837006230

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

89 points (Best Buy – The Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage). 

Cherry and spice notes give way to flavors of berries, black cherry, cinnamon and floral notes. Velvet tannins on the finish. 

Production


Vinification

Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank. 

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