Wine Review: 2011 Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer

Wine Review: 2011 Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley, California

Castello di Amorosa Gewurztraminer: This variety is so often underestimated as well as the AVA these grapes came from. In cool climate regions like the Anderson Valley, their fruit can produce exquisite dry wines with spicy exotic aromas of cinnamon, cloves and red floral notes. The wine is full-bodied in texture with prominent spicy flavors. The finish is texturally pleasing and lingers enticing one to contemplate the flavors as you get ready to take another sip. This style of Gewurztraminer is a culinary star. It will handle a wide variety of dishes including but not limited to grilled or smoked sausages, roasted fowl and meaty substantial seafood dishes. It is also the perfect match for spicy Asian dishes. Enjoy!

Rating: Very Good (88) | $23 | 13.5% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Ryan September 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    Hard to pronounce but delicious none the less.

    • Heather September 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM - Reply

      So on point Ryan!

  2. Eric July 10, 2014 at 3:46 AM - Reply

    I just got the 2012 and it knocked my socks off, so I ordered a case to give out as gifts and keep a few for myself. I had almost forgotten about the Gewurztraminers- I only tasted this because our tour guide suggested it to my wife. I’ve never tasted one quite like it. I’ve ordered other Gewurztraminers in restaurants over the last couple weeks to see if they were all like that. All of those had much more subdued flavor profiles than this one. The flavor just explodes in your mouth. I’m hooked on it.

    • enobytes July 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM - Reply

      It is quite unique, isn’t it?

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