Terry Bering: Castalia Wines
Terry Bering started out as a gargariste, crafting Cabernet Sauvignon in a friend’s carport in Healdsburg
in 1983. His first Pinot Noir came in 1985. After meeting Tom Rochioli, Bering worked the 1988
and 1989 crush at J. Rochioli Vineyards on Westside Road in Healdsburg. In 1990, he left his real estate
job to work as the cellar master at J. Rochioli Vineyards. In 1992 he founded his own label, Castalia
Wines, based on purchased grapes from the Rochioli Vineyard. Bering is now a hard-core pinotphile,
drinking Pinot Noir almost exclusively. Castalia refers to Apollo’s favorite spring on Mount Parnassus
in ancient Greece that bestowed drinkers of the spring gifts of poetry and inspiration. Bering produces
a single Pinot Noir, sourced in 2006 from Rochioli’s 19 yearold River Block Vineyard and an 18 year old
block planted to West Block clone (Flax Vineyard on Westside Road).
2006 Castalia Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 328 cases, $50.
The nose is brimming with black cherry
fruit accompanied by subtle dried herbs, smoke and char. Restrained
but generous dark red fruits, especially black raspberry, coat the
mouth and are complimented by stylish oak spice. The wine sports a
refined mouth feel and the right touch of acidity. An engaging Pinot
Noir of the highest quality and one that Apollo would have surely enjoyed.
Castalia Wines are available from the website at www.castaliawines.com. Simply e-mail Terry Bering
with your order. Magnums are available as well.