Since its inception in 1994, Castle Rock Winery has built an enviable reputation for producing high quality wines at affordable prices. This winning formula has been highly successful, as proven by an increasing number of customers and members of the wine press who have given the wines glowing reviews. We are delighted to add it to our list this year.
Castle Rock buys grapes from approximately 40 grape growers, all renowned for their expertise and consistency. In each case, vineyard practices are carried out under the guidance and instruction of Castle Rock’s winemaker, Eric Laumann, all to ensure that quality standards are maintained from start to finish.
After the harvest, the wines are made in accordance with Castle Rock’s winemaking standards, and are bottled at wineries boasting state-of-the-art equipment, located state-wide. One of these wineries includes Francis Ford Coppola – ‘fittingly Hollywood’ with the name ‘Castle Rock’ inspired by the mythical town described in the Stephen King novels.
Castle Rock’s business model aims to please, lovely on the palate, easy on the wallet. By virtue of having a low overhead, (no nagging real estate mortgages, no marketing teams or large staff to employ, and no elaborate facilities) Castle Rock is able to funnel all their capital into making the best possible wine for the best possible price.
The Central Coast Chardonnay offers a rich, ripe and fruity character with a delicious blending of vanilla, pear, citrus and melon flavours, subtle oak undertones and a long, balanced finish. The grapes remain on the vines for a full month longer than in other regions, leading to a characteristic depth of flavour.
The Monterey County Pinot Noir is elegant and medium bodied, offering aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice. On the palate the wine gives flavours of black cherry, plum and spice. It is smooth with a silky texture and has mild tannins. The cooling air, climate and soil in Monterey Bay provides excellent growing conditions for this Burgundian varietal.
The Lodi Zinfandel is a full-bodied wine that has outstanding complexity and character. Lodi’s long dry summers and cool moist winters pair with the deep sandy clay loam soils to produce a wine that has flavours of blackberry, raspberry and plum mixed with pepper, spice and earth, and a soft lingering finish.
The Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic, rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark purple colour and expressive aromas of black cherry and spice. On the palate the wine is intense, luscious and full-bodied with a rich core of berry flavors, and there are hints of spice and vanilla in its long harmonious finish.