Bodegas Aguirre Red Blend Livermore Valley Castello Nuovo Estate 2003
Wine Recommendation: Bodegas Aguirre 2003 Castello Nuovo, Estate Winemaker Tasting Notes: This Livermore Valley wine is a proprietary blend of Merlot, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel that is reminiscent of some of the better Rhone varietals. It has become a favorite of those who appreciate an unusual and finely crafted wine. The 2003 Estate Castello Nuovo was cellared for thirty months in mostly new oak barrels. Vineyard Notes: Specializing in Estate grown premium red wines, Bodegas Aguirre is proud to present the fruit of the work the family started in 1995. No effort or expense was spared for the vines to produce low yields of the highest quality grapes that the Livermore Valley can grow. They were meticulously crafted into complex wines sure to please the most discriminating wine aficionados. Technical Notes: Appellation: Livermore Valley TA: 6.8 g RS: 0.18% Return to Bodegas Aguirre Wine List
Specializing in Estate grown premium red wines, we are proud to present the fruit of the work our family started in 1995. We spared no effort or expense for our vines to produce low yields of the highest quality grapes that our Valley can grow. They were meticulously crafted into complex wines sure to please the most discriminating wine aficionados.
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Castello Nuevo means “new house” in Spanish, and was initially created as a wedding wine for winemaker Dr. Ricardo Aguirre’s beautiful and elegant daughter Sylvia, who handles all the marketing and sales for the small but amazing winery on the outskirts of Livermore. The wine’s nose is tight, with traces of Cabernet and Zinfandel, like tigers crouching in their cages, ready to pounce. It invites you to keep inhaling (yes, it’s safe), so you can pick up all the hints of what might be waiting for you on the palate. Sniffing blends is a lot like detective work. It’s especially fun if you don’t peek at the blend combo so you’re not biased in your interpretation. Whether you peek or not, you can really sense the muscular undercurrent of this wine. Surprisingly, the initial flavors are bright berries, mostly raspberry, with some tar, sundried tomato, grains of paradise, cinnamon stick, ham and basil. Does that sound complex enough for you? This is for sure a stew of a wine that keeps unfolding new flavor secrets as it airs out. So nice is the blend of fruit and spice, all layered nicely in a pleasing lasagna-strata of flavors and textures. In one mouthful, you can experience big, ripe cherries (from the Merlot) and baked ham (from the Syrah), and in the next, the Zin will come forward to make an appearance, with lots of ripe, dusty blackberry flavors. The Cab seems to contribute the stuffing and the ripe sundried tomato and grains of paradise (a very gamey spice/herb combo) and the Petite adds a nice, velvety depth. This wine was aged for almost 30 months in mostly new oak, and it really shows the care with which it was thoughtfully crafted. Yep, all in all, a really well-made wine: you can be confident it will go with just about anything you will encounter on the menu of a Spanish, Mexican or Southwest-style restaurant. (Alc: 14%, Retail: $35)