Our Casteñada wines are delicious, field-blended Rhône varietals made to honor the long history of winemaking and growing in Sonoma Valley. Described as a party in a bottle, these wines are full of energy and life while harkening back to another era.
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As a pinot noir and chardonnay house, a wine must hypnotize us completely to diverge from our usual offerings. The Casteñadas are those wines. A sister to our Durell Vineyard Casteñada Red, the Casteñada White is the perfect counterpart - refreshing, vibrant, and light on its feet while grounded in floral and fruity notes.
OUR COMMITIMENT TO BEING 100% ESTATE-GROWN
Our 2022 Casteñada White is the final vintage of this bottling as we continue our commitment to being a 100% estate-grown winery. We are eternally grateful for our partnership with our Durell neighbor, Parmelee-Hill, and are working on planting more Rhône varieties at our adorned Heritage site. We look forward to welcoming our Casteñada White back in the near future.
In 2022, we saw a continuation of the drought in CA, with warm weather, early bloom, and long, slow flowering. Some of our vineyard blocks that flowered during the cold stretch did not set as much fruit as typical, so, we saw lower yields for the year. While this isn’t ideal from a quantity standpoint, quality was great, and things began moving along quickly. We started harvest in mid-August, a week or two earlier than “normal,” and as we approached Labor Day, we saw a heat wave on the horizon. We were in a good spot and could bring in much of our fruit before the heat. The grapes we let hang through the heat were still a ways away from being ready to harvest. In recent years we have been leaving more leaves on the vines to help shade and keep the fruit on the vines from being scorched by the sun. This decision helped us this year in particular. After the heat, temperatures cooled in the region and we were able to bring in the rest of our fruit in the weeks following. All in all, we are very happy with the quality of this vintage and thankful for our team rallying during this intense time of year.
On your palate you’ll enjoy peach and acacia flowers balanced by the essences of nectarine and starfruit. The mouth-watering vibrant acidity finish will linger with each sip.