Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Sponsor: Castle Rock Winery

A big thank you to Gregory Popovich at Castle Rock Winery for their recent contribution!

Castle Rock is a really interesting wine company. They don't make any wine themselves, but rather purchase wine from makers across the West Coast and then market the wine under the umbrella of their Castle Rock brand. As a result of their low overhead, they're able to market solid Pinot Noirs and other wines at unbelievable prices. Pinot is a notoriously difficult grape, and most people who sell Pinot Noir for under $10 are just ripping you off (and, according to recent news, might not even be selling actual Pinot Noir).

Castle Rock, on the other hand, produces really nice Pinots for around $10. My favorite is their Mendocino County Pinot Noir. The 2008 iteration has a fragrant nose of cherries and peony, and flavors of cherries, raspberries, a little smoke, and just the right touch of oak, with sweet fruit and tart acidity following through to a finish that brings an interesting hint of mint/eucalyptus.

(Okay, so I'm a bit of a wine nerd...)

If you want to learn more about Castle Rock and the economics of California Pinot, a good start is this 2004 Los Angeles Times article.

Do yourself a favor and crack a bottle of their Mendocino Pinot with some sauteed mushrooms, pan-fried trout, and some French bread and butter. Castle Rock distributes all over the place, so their wines shouldn't be too hard to find.


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