Monday, January 31, 2005

Castle Rock Reserve Chardonnay

Castle Rock, Reserve Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003 ($18) -- California. I kid a lot about drinking something other than Chardonnay, but there are times when it is the perfect match for the food or the time. Also, we have many customers who only drink this varietal. (I try, I try!) So, here is a step up from your everyday Chardonnay. The winemaker notes are as follows:

We have carefully handcrafted only 2,800 cases of the Castle Rock Reserve Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested from vines grown in the Russian River Valley, one of California's most prestigious grape growing appellations. The wine, comprised of 100% chardonnay grapes, was fermented for 11 months in French oak barrels coopered in Burgundy, most by Francois Freres.
Our Castle Rock Reserve Chardonnay is a crisp wine displaying remarkable depth and integration. Its slight sweetness rounds the wine out perfectly, and its flavors of pear, vanilla, butter and spice slowly unfold on the palate. It is perfect for drinking now, and will maintain its excellent quality through 2007.

Castle Rock Winery is a fast-growing negociant wine maker (145,000 total cases sold in 2003, up 113% from the previous year) that buys its grapes from the best sources throughout California, and rents its production facilities to keep overhead and prices low. They are adept at taking advantage of the current grape glut in California and passing the savings and quality onto their customers as evidenced by recent reviews:

Restaurant Wine (Issue 103 – October 2004) awarded Castle Rock’s 2003 Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay 4.5 stars (very highly recommended) and nominated it as the top pick in its medium-priced Chardonnay category.

This wine is a wonderful example of the best Chardonnay that California has to offer at a great price!

[See! I did survive the Late Harvest Mourvedre last night!]


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