2020 Castle Rock California Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Castle Rock California Sauvignon Blanc

¥2,200 (incl. tax)

Castle Rock Sauvignon Blanc is fresh, crisp, and refreshing, a zesty wine that tastes great before or during a meal. The low price means you can keep plenty of bottles on hand for weekdays or for large gatherings. The grapes are sourced from California vineyards with excellent conditions for this variety. The winery describes “aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit and lemon thyme with a hint of minerality. On the palate, it is lively and fresh, with balanced acidity and flavors of pineapple and mandarin, with a lingering citrus zest.” Try it with seafood, chicken, salads, and vegetable 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 California
Appellation(s) California
Winery Castle Rock
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 30.5
Case Size 32.0 x 24.5 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.0%
Product Code CA20SB
UPC 083837003031

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

86 points (Best Buy) – Wine Enthusiast.

Grapefruit and lemongrass open up to bright flavors of melon, peach and apple on the palate. Crisp and refreshing with a touch of mineral in the finish. 

Production


Vinification

Grapes are harvested cold and whole-cluster pressed to preserve freshness. Juice is cold settled for 24 hours before being racked to stainless steel tanks for fermentation.

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