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Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery

Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery 2015 Albariño

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: Castillo de Feliciana 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
2015 Albariño

Oh, this is a summer treat. Albariño is traditionally grown on the northwest coast of Spain and Portugal, but has now found its way to the northwest states in the USA. With bright acid and lively stone fruit flavors, it's a great wine for the sunshine.

In 2015, Castillo de Feliciana had a very warm year, giving this Albariño a more robust and ripe structure than typical Albariños. It has the traditional aromas of orange, honeysuckle, and lilac but also has some green apple and pear. Medium-bodied with just enough residual sugar to balance out the acid, you'll find tropical flavors of melon, pineapple, and mango to go with the traditional flavors of white peach and apricot.

A Cellar 503 selection in July 2017, Eastern Oregon Columbia Valley | Albariño