The nose on this bad boy has plum, dark cherries, earthiness and tobacco. On the palate you’ll notice some lavender, cherry cola, and more of that plum. I expected this wine to need food but alas, no food required. It’s very easy in the mouth, velvety and smooth…get your mind out of the gutter. Actually leave it in the gutter, it’s fun place to be with friends and this wine.
The Castoro Charbono is made using organically grown grapes from the Templeton Gap, a well-known grape growing area within Paso Robles. Due to this varietal’s later harvest “the long hang time allows the flavors to fully mature and create an exceptional wine.” An interesting note about the vineyard, the name Whale Rock refers to the large amounts of whale fossils found in the calcareous soil. How’s that for unique?
Castoro is owned and operated by the Udsen family and in their 30 years of farming in the Paso Robles area, sustainability has been a high priority. Today they are not only SIP Certified but they are also Certified Organic. They take steps in the vineyard, on their property, and in their tasting room to do everything they can to use our resources wisely. This year they will also be hosting the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival put on by the Central Coast Vineyard Team.
Thanks to the Udsen family for making great wine, in fact Dam Fine Wine, and for doing their part to care for this planet we all momentarily share! Oh, and no animal products are used in this wine’s production so it is vegan too (which is rare for wines).