Castello di Amorosa

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 178
Vintage: 2009

Castello di Amorosa


Cabernet Sauvignon

10 cases produced


The 2009 Morisoli-Borges Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a special vineyard on the western Rutherford Bench. The wine shows lush, ripe, full-bodied textures and rich flavors of currant and berry. This is a unique wine from a special site— Rutherford, a great Cabernet terroir— moderately warm, with some summer early morning fog. The vineyard is on the bale-clay loam soil series with gravel beds running throughout, providing well-drained alluvial soils with moderate vigor. Wines from this area are famed for a “dusty” quality. These vines were planted in 1990 to 10’ x 6’ spacing, Clone 7 on 5C rootstock. Castello di Amorosa has been producing this wine since 2006, and every year we get to know the nuances of the vineyard soils and ripening patterns a little better. 2009 provided an ultra-rich, supple wine, and an ideal opportunity to share this wine with the trade attendees at Premiere Napa Valley.

Aging Process

The aging process to follow.

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Brooks Painter

Winemaker, Castello di Amorosa

Winemaker, Brooks Painter

Brooks Painter has been called “the winemaker’s winemaker” because of his extensive expertise and prominence as a wine industry leader among his peers. He has been the Director of Winemaking at Castello di Amorosa since 2005 and is responsible for the winery’s portfolio of more than 40 different wines. He also oversees viticultural and grape growing operations, supervising nearly 350 acres of estate vineyards as well as contracts with outside growers. Castello di Amorosa’s steady stream of accolades substantiates his expertise with awards including “Winemaker of the Year 2015” from the American Fine Wine Competition, and “Winemaker of the Year 2013” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Born in San Francisco, Brooks grew up in Northern California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. He went on to complete additional coursework and seminars in viticulture and winemaking.
Before coming to V. Sattui winery, Brooks was a winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, Leeward Winery in Ventura, CA, and Felton-Empire Vineyards in Felton, CA. Brooks has served as President and Board Member for the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and has been a technical reviewer for enology research proposals submitted to the American Vineyard Foundations, a non-profit organization funded by the wine industry to provide grant money for research and development projects. His research on biochemistry and sensory evaluation of wine has been published in The American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Biochemistry, Practical Winery & Vineyard and Wines & Vines. Brooks is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and a former chair of the Microbiology Committee for C.E.R.A. (California Enological Research Association).
Brooks and his wife Beth have lived in Napa for the past twenty years. Their two grown children, Miles and Emily, are now enjoying the wine tasting and winery visits that used to bore them to tears! Brooks and Beth are involved in charitable organizations in Napa Valley as well as being active in local community and public planning issues. As a family, they enjoy traveling, skiing/snowboarding, sailing, hiking and cooking.

Country born: USA

Education: He received his Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and Biology from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980, during which time he discovered his interest and passion about wine.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition: Winemaker of the Year.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Castello di Amorosa wines reflect a balance of Old World style and the terrior of the Napa Valley and surrounding vineyards in Anderson Valley, Carneros and Santa Barbara County-- regions selected by winemaker, Brooks Painter, to optimize the flavor and varietal components of the grapes.

Castello di Amorosa combines traditional wine making methods with technologically advanced wine making equipment and techniques. As a result, the wines show intense flavors that are eloquently balanced and similar to the hand-crafted wines produced in central Tuscany and Umbria regions of Italy- the homeland of Dario Sattui, owner and fourth generation Italian.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  cabernet sauvignon  because  it expresses the best that Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon has to offer: forward fruit, polished and opulent textures, and an age-worthy wine.

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