Castelfeder – A Set of Remarkable Riservas

2015 Castelfeder, Chardonnay Riserva, Burgum Novum (RT93+) Showing a classic Chardonnay profile with a slight modernist twist, this is a real beauty with wonderfully ripe fruit, artful oak integration and is slightly creamy in its mouthfeel. Notes of yellow peach, pie crust, Meyer lemon and a hint of chalk lead to a balanced, elegant palate where its karma reaches out to you. This is a lovely expression of Alto Adige that in my view feels more like Willamette Valley than northern Italy. Gorgeous and so delicious! Drink now-2027+

2014 Castelfeder, Lagrein Riserva, Burgum Novum (RT93) Dark, dense and brooding, this power-packed red displays the potential of the variety. Crafty, artful winemaking has created this masterpiece with its terroir driven elegance. Packed with dark cherry, blackberry, hints of bark, minerality and forest floor. Soft and supple on the palate, while maintaining its authority, this is a beautiful example of the variety as it maintains its elegance and sophistication to a tasty finish. Drink now-2026+

2015 Castelfeder, Pinot Nero Riserva, Burgum Novum (RT94) One of the finest Pinot Nero’s to have ever graced my lips from Alto Adige, this beauty expression of the variety commonly known as Pinot Noir smacks of a premier Willamette Valley bottling. Expressing a level of concentration rarely seen in Pinot Nero from this region, its convincing focus, depth and dimension and a hint of French oak polish pull it together in a complete, broad shouldered manner. Ripe strawberry, red raspberry, forest floor and hints of cinnamon round out the bouquet, while the palate remains deliciously taunting, with lovely, soft tannins on the finish. This wine is hard to find due to limited production and high demand making it one to seek out. Drink now-2028+