Castle in the Clouds

Last weekend I took a couple of visitors from the UK wine tasting. One of the wineries that we visited was Castello Di Amorosa (Castle of Love). The building was completed in 2007, but looks like neither 21st century, nor Californian. The owner spent fifteen years building an Italian castle on a hill above Calistoga.

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He used a mix of architectural styles to mimic a building that had grown organically over centuries. He included a chapel and a torture chamber. The latter must offer interesting opportunities for staff motivation.

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We took a tour, where a very knowledgable guide told us the story of the castle and the techniques used to make the wine. We were shown all over the castle before being lead into the cellars where we saw racks of wine maturing, tasted some young Cabernet Sauvignon from a cask, and then had a private tasting of several wines. They aim for a more Italian style of wine, reflected in a tasty Sangiovese. However, the stand out was the 2007 Cab, which clearly owed more to Napa than Italy.

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