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Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2011 Adentro Cabernet Sauvignon

The mysterious little black purse

Of all the senses, it’s the sense of smell that can have the most powerful effect on memory.

For Deborah Castillo, it was the smell of leather, roses, fruit, and tobacco – the smell of “an old lady’s purse”. Those were the smells in red wine that brought back the memories of her great-aunt Feliciana.

So, when it came time to Deborah and Sam to name their winery, it made sense to honor Feliciana. They’d make the dark, rich wines in a Spanish style that evoked the memories of that little black purse in the back bedroom.

Today, Castillo de Feliciana – the castle of happiness – is home to a family-run Oregon winery. Sam and Deborah own it, daughter Kara leads sales and marketing, and son Christopher is the winemaker.

One more thing: CdF is the closest winery to the Oregon/Washington state line you’ll find. Leaving the winery, you turn left out of the driveway, and you’ll hit the state border in a few hundred feet — even before you hit the first stop sign. A great reminder that there are great Oregon wineries in the Walla Walla Valley.

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
2011 Adentro Cabernet Sauvignon

The Castillo family’s Spanish heritage is evident in everything you’ll find at Castillo de Feliciana, from the Andalucian climate, to the Spanish architecture at the winery, to the Spanish style wines.

The Adentro Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example. Unlike the big jammy Cabs you often find in Walla Walla, this powerful wine brings strong tannins balanced nicely with earthy flavors and vibrant fruit. You’ll get aromatic hints of strawberry, red currant, clay and eucalyptus along with vanilla and herbal notes on the palate. With a dry, lingering finish and toasty oak undertones, you’re going to love this one.

A Cellar 503 selection in December 2015, Great for the Holidays Walla Walla Valley | Cabernet Sauvignon