Castoro Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles Reserve 2005
This wine started as a wine Club exclusive and has been so successful that we have added it to our quiver of wines. The Tempranillo grape has been an integral part of the Rioja wines of Spain for many years. In Spain however, it is blended with several other varieties to produce the style they desire. The grape and many of its characteristics resemble Zinfandel. You should note a bit of allspice, plums and strawberries in the nose and a lingering finish of fresh fruit in the finish. Great with your next batch of Paella!
The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of producing world-class wines from Paso Robles-appellation grapes. Each vintage presents a new challenge and Niels is more than willing to constantly and creatively experiment. This on-going research is only one of the things that ensures they meet their goal.
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I drank this wine after a hard day's work, running around and serving people. The nose calmed me down from my hectic pace, red peppers and soothing spice. The sweetness hit my front palate hard, and the finish is light and just a tad bit tart. With my nighttime glass of wine behind me, I was able to experience sweet, chewy dreams.
Yum yum on the first sip, I would pop the cork and not let any air into this thing. Will go great with any rich hearty tomato sauce dish, nice tart acidic flavor will cut through fats of any dish as well. Sour cherry and almost a vegetated lemony mid palate finishes with a solid bodied aptitude.
My favorite part of this wine was on the mid-pallet. there is just a burst of spice that blows my mind. for me the wine started off pretty fruit forewaward- a bit of green flavors (enjoyable green) and peppery. then the wine hits the mid and explodes with flavors I am going to have to associate with a steak rub. the finish lingers on for an appropriate amount of time. over all a simply enjoyable easily drinkable bottle of wine.
This wine was cool because there was a definite difference between the initial taste, the mid palate and the finish. Mid palate was bursting with peppers! I think this would be great with a spicy chicken sausage with a sweet apples and grilled green peppers.
So, I wanted to like this wine from the get-go. They have a beaver as their mascot... BAM! I'm instantly interested. Little did I know, this wine would send me on a rollercoaster of a ride. The aroma was very vegetal, traces of green pepper, maybe a hint of celery, (am I detecting a touch of peppermint in there?) with a bit of spiciness thrown in for good measure to beat at least two of your senses into submission. I'm not blown away yet, but it's nice. Then I taste... Here we go. This is what I wanted. More full, thicker and richer of the veggie goodness with fruits riding shotgun. Not sour fruits, the nice sweet kind... Sounds straight forward and easy right? WRONG! After a few more sips I feel like a kid who had all the helium drained from his balloon. The rich and punchy flavor was suddenly placid and painful normal. Remember that thing about rollercoasters having their peaks and valleys? This wine has that ideal in spades. I'm torn. Great surprise once I tasted, but like a junkie I kept chasing to find that "fix" to no avail. Regardless, the wine did have a good balance and was interesting, so I'll check out what else Castoro has to offer, the '05 Tempranillo will remain that quintessential hot date who's intriguing and hot right off the bat, but your conversations provide little substance after the first date... but maybe she's got a sorority sister?