- By George Brozowski
- Published 01/18/2013
The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of producing world-class wines from Paso Robles-appellation grapes. Each vintage presents a new challenge and Niels is more than willing to constantly and creatively experiment. This on-going research is only one of the things that ensures they meet their goal.Niels’ long-time nickname “Beaver,” evolved further when he was working in Italy and his friends soon took to calling him “Il Castoro,” which is beaver in Italian. The name and the motto stuck. Castoro Cellars’ “dam fine wines” sport a picture of a beaver on each label.Castoro Cellars 2010 Reserve ViognierGrape(s): 100% ViognierRegion: Paso RoblesPrice: 15-20Review:A bouquet of tropical and citrus fruits along with a few floral notes greet the senses. A sip reveals flavors of papaya, orange-blossoms, and peach accented by bright citrusy suggestions. A lively wine, with a food friendly acidity, fans of rich, floral whites will enjoy this bottle.Rating: 88
Castoro Cellars 2010 Blind Faith Pino
t NoirGrape(s): 100% Pinot NoirRegion: Paso RoblesPrice: 20-25Review:Aromas of black cherries and raspberries meld with hints of leather and spice on the nose. Flavors of cherry, cranberry, and plum are accented by suggestions of white pepper and earth on the palate. A effervescent Pinot that’s well-suited for food, pair a bottle with pork chops or mushroom orzo.Rating: 88Castoro Cellars 2010 ZinfusionGrape(s): 100% ZinfandelRegion: Paso RoblesPrice: 20-25Review:A bouquet of raspberries, blackberries, pepper, and smoked meat greets the senses. A sip delivers flavors of raspberries and boysenberries along with highlights of leather and spice. A nice, hearty wine that show fine varietal character, fans of more robust reds will enjoy this bottle. Drink now.
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