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2022 Castoro Oakenshield Falanghina, San Miquel, CA

The grape Falanghina originated in southern Italy and is gaining increasing interest along the Central Coast, and in particular Paso Robles, where it flourishes. The Falanghina is from the Estate Whale Rock Vineyard in the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles. Noted winemaker Tom Myers cultivated this variety several years ago and has been impressed with it in the vineyard and winery. It holds onto the acidity better than any white grape varietal they grow. Tom Myers makes the wine fresh and unoaked, bottled young within the first year of production.

In the glass the color is a medium shade of gold and pure. The aromas are clean and crisp, which are some of the best attributes of this varietal. It reveals notes of sliced nectarine, honeysuckle, and green apple. The palate is fresh with delicate acidity that is focused and builds tension through the midpalate, where it picks up a tartness as the wine sails through the finish. An incredibly delightful alternative white wine to enjoy chilled with fresh seafood dishes on a warm summer day.

By Perry Miroballi

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