2018 Castle Rock Monterey County Rose of Pinot Noir

2018 Castle Rock Monterey County Rose of Pinot Noir

¥2,640 (incl. tax)

Here at Hotei Wines, we’ve long looked to Castle Rock for great values in Pinot Noir from premier appellations. Now – just in time for Spring and Summer 2022 – we are pleased to offer their Rosé of Pinot Noir. Because of its cool Central Coast climate, Monterrey sets a high bar for Pinot Noir, and this rosé is made in an honest fashion. After harvesting in the cool of night, the grapes are pressed just enough to extract a delicate pink hue before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is supple, with flavors of strawberry, raspberry and citrus. The color and vibrant flavors make this wine an obvious choice for a picnic under spring cherry blossoms or as an accompaniment to salads, light pasta dishes and seafood. 

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) Monterey County
Winery Castle Rock
Vintage 2018
Color Rose
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 30.0
Case Size 33.5 x 26.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code CA18ROS
UPC 083837006506

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

88 points – Wine Enthusiast.

Red plum and raspberry aromas and hints of cinnamon open up to flavors of strawberry, citrus and red apple. Refreshing acidity makes for a long finish.

Production


Vinification

Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. 

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