Gewurztraminer is King at the Castello

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Castello di Amorosa’s Gewurztraminers are kings at Dario Sattui’s authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan castle and winery located in the hills above the Napa Valley.

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“As an Austrian, I appreciate Gewurztraminer,” said Castello di Amorosa President, Georg Salzner. “It is truly one of my favorite varietals due to its interesting spices and its versatility with a variety of foods.

This proclamation comes on the heels of Castello di Amorosa’s victory at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at which the 2010 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer won the Sweepstakes title in the Dessert Wine category and the Mendocino County Gewurztraminer Dry earned a double gold medal.

When it comes to Gewurztraminer, veteran Winemaker, Brooks Painter, knows it’s all about terrior. “The Anderson Valley in Mendocino County is an ideal microclimate for the Castello’s Gewurztraminers,” said Painter. “It is cool in the spring and fall, but with enough warmth during the summer months to ripen this variety. The long “hang-time” is critical to achieve fully mature skins and seeds, and promote the spicy, floral notes characteristic of the best Gewurztraminers.”

Sweepstakes awards were given for Sparkling, White, Pink, Red and Dessert. The 2010 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer was the best of 131 other Dessert wines from across the country that received a medal.

“As an Austrian, I appreciate Gewurztraminer,” said Castello di Amorosa President, Georg Salzner. “It is truly one of my favorite varietals due to its interesting spices and its versatility with a variety of foods. Our winemaking team well-deserved accolades as I know they’re focused on producing the best Gewurztraminers in the country.”

Salzner has high hopes that consumers continue to appreciate this varietal. “In 2011, we expanded our production techniques to include a single-vineyard bottling of “Ferrington Vineyard”, Anderson Valley Gewurztraminer. It’s entirely fermented in an egg-shaped concrete tank,” said Salzner. “We will debut this wine later this spring and expect it will be well received.”

The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American Wines in the world, set a new American wine competition record with 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year. For nine consecutive years, this prestigious competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.”

“This new record serves as an affirmation that every year wine consumers look toward the SFCWC award medal winning wines as a barometer when purchasing their wines," said Bob Fraser, SFCWC Executive Director. "We are thrilled that wineries all over the United States understand and respect the outstanding caliber of our 65 judges from throughout the wine industry and the country."

In addition to the Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello’s 2010 Mendocino County Gewürztraminer Dry received a Double Gold and the 2008 Merlot was a Gold Medal winner at this prestigious wine competition.

Finally, in December of 2011, Robert Parker’s, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate’s critic for California wines, gave high marks to Castello di Amorosa’s flagship wine, 2009 and 2010 Il Barone by scoring it 91-93 points. It is the fourth consecutive year for scores of 92 points or higher for this wine. The future looks bright for Castello’s Cabernet Sauvignon as Galloni scored the 2009 barrel sample of Don Thomas Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rutherford Appellation 91-93 points.

About Castello di Amorosa:

Following fourteen years of construction, pioneer vintner, Dario Sattui opened Castello di Amorosa in April of 2007. Situated in the hills above Calistoga, Castello di Amorosa- a family-owned business- produces world-class wines including a Pinot Grigio from Mendocino County and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon which are sold only at the winery direct to the consumer. The castle winery was made with brick, wood and iron imported from Europe and combined with over 8,000 tons of local, Napa Valley stone. Today, Castello di Amorosa, a popular Napa Valley destination, offers a variety of wine tasting and winery tours in a unique Tuscan castle setting.

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