Headed up the Saint Helena Highway north of Napa city limits, the countryside gradually changes from wine country chic to something closer to the resembling the farming community it is. By the time you reach Calistoga, much of the extravagance has worn clean.
Until you reach Castello di Amorosa.
Short of the fruit, nothing affects the experience of wine consumption more than the barrels that it matures in. An oak barrel will influence the flavor, color, scent, texture and aging characteristics of the wine which resides in it.
The porous nature of oak produces evaporative effects that ca... (more)