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Catherine Bugue

Catherine Bugue

Castello di Amorosa 2014 Merlot Napa Valley ($42)

YET AGAIN? I’m talking about Brooks Painter and his Castello di Amorosa wines. In a blind tasting of top Merlots from the Napa Valley, Brooks’ wine came in first place in its flight on my scorecard. I’m losing count as to how many times this has happened over the years, regardless of the grape variety or specific wine. There is something magic happening over there at the castle with Brooks.

Pronounced ripe, juicy cherry and raspberry fruits are beautifully integrated with oak spice and toast, and balanced by bright acidity. The flavors linger on a long, luxurious finish. Merlot is known to add richness to the palate of many a Napa blends, but this Amorosa wine is 100 percent Merlot — and 100 percent Merlot in its glory.

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Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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