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Catano Winery

Making Red, White and Port-Style wines In Calaveras County
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Quintetta is a blend of 5 Portuguese varieties from 2002 & 2003.  This is a dessert wine made from only Portuguese varieties.  It has been bottle aging for almost 8 years.  It offers sweet carmel tones and a spicy finish. This is a Tawny like dessert wine.

Catano "port-style wine" San Andreas, CA – 20% alc. Expressive nose of bittersweet chocolate, anise, clove and cocoa beans with ripe figs. Catano is doing a very nice job with their dessert wines. This one is rich and velvety, offering stewed prune, sultana and fig fruit flavors with hints of velvety dark chocolate and unctuous molasses after the swallow. Well made and lots of acidity provide the balance here, but the sweetness is kept in check and overall this is a delicious drink. I am not sure of the price for this 375 ml bottle, but if sub-$30, it would be well worth exploring. There would be no confusion with a Portuguese Port wine, but that’s not the point. The lingering finish with raisin and licorice character was quite appealing. 87 points 2/17/12    

 Roy Hersch, For The Love Of Port

Reserve 2007  is a Late Bottled Vintage style dessert wine. It was barrel aged for 5 years before being bottled.   
Vintage 2006 is dessert wine made with Portuguese Port variatals.  This is a handcrafted wine, estate grown and bottled.  It was barrel aged for 2 1/2 years and is very drinkable.  Full bodied and full flavored. This is a bottle aged wine.     

2006 Catano "Estate Bottled Dessert-Wine" Sierra Foothills, CA – 20% alc. from Calaveras County comes this excellent dessert wine that incorporates Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão and Tinta Roriz (although the Roriz grapes were "Tempranillo" on the label). The bouquet of this wine showed that the winemakers "get" Port wine, as it delivered fragrant lavender, dark blackberry and a ton of chocolate. Really breathtaking! The palate was equally striking, with brambly currant, plum and fig fruit flavors in a medium weight frame, super smooth and even three days later this was delicious and in synch. The finish was long and silky and shows that there are some producers in CA that can really hit the bullseye. 90 points 2/15/12   

 Roy Hersch, For The Love Of Port



Special Reserve  is a sweet dessert wine made from very ripe to overripe Touriga grapes. The wine is very concentrated in sweetness,color and flavor. A sipping wine or to pour over ice cream.