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Castle Vineyards

Castle Vineyards Vic McWilliams is Founder, Winemaker and Director of Vineyard Operations and has been perfecting the art of winemaking and grape growing for over 25 years. After becoming a pharmacy graduate in 1974 from NDSU, Vic decided to make a name for himself in the California wine industry. In 1978, shortly after moving to Sonoma, Vic was invited to a friend’s house to help make a barrel of wine. It sparked an interest that developed into a hobby of growing grapes and making wine. During that time, Vic won practically every amateur award and sweepstakes there was to win, which encouraged him to take the commercial winemaking plunge. Castle’s first official vintage was produced in 1993 and was bonded as a commercial winemaking facility in 1994. No longer practicing pharmacology, Vic started out making 250 cases the first year and now bottles 3,500 cases annually.

We are located on the historic Sonoma Plaza just off the northwest corner.

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122 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA, US, 95476 Email:
Phone: 877-227-8528 Web:
Fax: 707-996-1582
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  Boules Rouges
For you petanque players... it's pronounced "bulls rewge" and yes, it means red balls. This is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel and it is absolutely yummy! The bottle has an easy to open screw top closure.
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, Nicholas Vineyard
This Cabernet Sauvignon is complex with layers of cherry, plum, cassis, hints of chocolate and a touch of earthy truffles. It explodes on the palate with a mouthful of ripe cherries. Try it with a juicy filet mignon or even a piece of chocolate!
Back by popular demand! This one is a blend of two different Viogniers, a Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. Great for those poolside parties, barbecues and picnics! The bottle has an easy to open screw top closure.
  Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley, Estate
Aged sur-lie aged in French oak barrels and no ML. This wine is complex with layers of fruit including citrus, pear and dried pineapple. Great with fish or pasta with a creamy alfredo sauce.
  Maison Rose
In honor of our tasting room (the pink house) which reminds one of being in Provance. This is a dry rose and a Rhone blend made of Counoise, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre and Viognier. It's an amazing wine and is great chilled for those hot summer days. The bottle has an easy to open screw top closure.
  Merlot, Los Carneros, Sangiacomo Vineyards (Donnell Ranch)
100% Merlot, this wine is bright ruby with an appearance of richness and body. Rich aromas of morello cherry, cassis, black olive, hints of tobacco, a touch of stewed tomato, frame this wine in spicy oak. Complex, yet classic signature Carneros Merlot is rich, broad, and silky on the palate. Notice the bright concentrated flavors of cassis, and red fruits. Firm, mature tannins, and the right amount of acidity provide the perfect balance in the richness of the fruit. Beautifully integrated tones of oak. This wine has a complex, long, and lingering, finish. An excellent yet very powerful Merlot. This wine while enjoyable now, will age will through 2010. A benchmark for Carneros Merlot, and it doesn’t get any better than this.
  Merlot, Sonoma Valley
This classic Merlot spent 12 months in both French and American Oak barrels 30% new. With 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, this Merlot has aromas of plum and black cherry with hints of cedar and tobacco. It reminds one of a fine Bordeaux (Pomerol). The oak signature for this wine is masterfully done. On the nose, the oak compliments the fruit and is perfectly integrated. We recommend pairing this with a grilled New York steak with carmelized onions and roasted new potatoes.
  Pinot Noir, Los Carneros
Eleven months in 100% French oak barrels 50% new. The aromas are of bright red, ripe cherry fruit with hints of plum, mushroom and spicy oak. It has rich flavors of candied cherry and spicy oak and is medium bodied with a long lingering pleasant finish of fruit and spice. Delicious with salmon, lamb or duck and wild mushrooms!
  Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Durell Vineyard
Eleven months in 100% French oak barrels brings out the evocative toasty sweet oak, vanilla and cherry-berry aromas. Drink this now, or watch it age gracefully over the next 5-7 years! Delicious with duck and wild mushrooms! Note: This wine is unfined and unfiltered, so we recommend standing the bottle upright for a few hours prior to serving it.
  Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Estate Vineyard
Twelve months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new. Deep garnet, with a rich, brillian appearance with complex aromas of wild red fruits, orange zest, earth, brown spice, surrounded by hints of oak. Very Burgunian in character. Enjoy this wine with crab cakes or salmon - you won't believe how well it pairs!
  Pinot Noir, Los Carneros, Sangiacomo Vineyards
Our signature wine, this Pinot was aged for 10 months in 100% French oak, 30% new, with toasty sweet oak and vanilla framing the rich satin flavors of strawberries and cream. Pair with grilled salmon and roasted vegetables.
  Syrah, Sonoma Valley
Coming from cool weather grapes and aged 18 months in American and Hungarian oak, this King of the red Rhone varietals shows off dark fruit, tea, vanilla and spice aromas. It has a great balance of fruit, acid and tannin and is excellent with hearty stews or grilled meats with rich sauces.
  Viognier, Sonoma Valley, Estate Grown
Stainless steel fermented, sur-lie aged in neutral oak barrels and no ML. This wine has traditional aromas and flavors of exotic tropical fruits, citrus and white peaches. Our Viognier is made in a traditionally fresh, crisp, food-friendly, classic Rhone style to compliment everything from Caesar salad, to shellfish, paella and spicy Asian cuisine.
  Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley
Aged for 18 months in American oak barrels, 30% new from six small select vineyards with an average age of 50 years. Enjoy juicy red fruit flavors are framed with sweet oak and a lengthy finish. This is Zinfandel that will pair well a gourmet cheeseburger, pastas and pizza!
  Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley, Parmelee-Hill Vineyard
Aged for 18 months in American oak barrels, 30% new. Floral hints of violets fill the mouth with a blast of fresh berry flavors. Brown spice, intense fruit and the right amount of tannins hit the mark. This perfectly balanced wine will pair well with a gourmet cheeseburger, pastas, pizza and so much more!


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