The earliest records of this estate go back to the year 1793.This gorgeous property was part of Lady Adelina Ruggeri De' Capobianchi's dowry when she married the illustrious Raffaele Castorani, who's fame came from his years as a teacher at the Sorbonne in Paris and mostly from the development of the first cataract eye surgery. Ever since, the estate has been known as Villa Castorani.
Another famous person acquired the estate, Antonio Casulli, he became an International Law professor at the University of Naples, and went on to teach in Tokyo where he earned the respect of the emperor Hirohito. It was during this time that the estate of Villa Castorani developed with the acquisition of over 490 acres of cultivated land.
The bottles of wine from the estate tell a beautiful story of passion, tradition and quality. Villa Castorani lies in an ideal setting: in the municipality of Alanno, in the province of Pescara, between the Majella national park and the nearby Adriatic sea. Sitting at 1300 feet above sea level, it enjoys ideal sun exposure and night winds, and consequently, great thermal range. All of it gives the wines their unique and precious character.
Hand harvested, the grapes are fermented with manual pump overs to improve the extraction of color and aromas. Maceration takes place for 14 days in concrete tanks to preserver the fruit after which the wine is aged in partial new oak for 24 months.
91 Points-"Lots of Clean, Fresh black fruit character to this wine. Medium bodied with slightly chewy tannins but the fruit persists through to the finish"James Suckling
2021 Los Noques
100% Sauvignon Blanc
The vineyards are located in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza, at an altitude of 3600 feet above sea level. The soil is calcareous, sandy with stony depth. This type of soil, typical of the area, produces low yields and high concentration. The continental climate and the altitude allows a high temperature range between day and night, which means that the skin on the grapes get nice and ripe during the day and cool down at night ripening the fruit while preserving the acidity. The perfect balance.
The “Noques”, is the given name for the small containers, usually made of leather or wood, that were used at the beginning of the 16th century to transport grapes, wine, olives and olive oil.
Tasting Notes-Aromas of key lime, guava and passion fruit. Zippy flavors of lime and green apple are carried through with beautiful minerality and lemon creme flavors leading to ripe fruit and balanced acidity on the finish.