/ Paso Robles
Moose, which is named after the Estate's founding partner, Lloyd Messer, whose nickname was Moose. Moose is a showcase for the Syrah from Calcareous' Estate vineyard. This block is planted on an extremely steep section of Calcareous' estate, thus the limestone is exposed with almost no top soil. The resulting fruit is a prime example of what farming on high pH (9.2) soils can produce. We blended the Estate Syrah with Petit Verdot from the Live Oak Vineyard, in the cooler Templeton Gap region, which helped to increase the desired tannic weight and structure elements of the varietal.
Wine Enthusiast2013 vintage
Wine Advocate2013 vintage
Showing beautiful dark purple colors, the wine radiates powerful aromas of plum, licorice and creamed honey. The weighty upfront dark fruit combines seamlessly with tannins full of blackberry, tar and mineral loam. Notes of smoky cedar from the French oak integrate with natural skin and seed tannin to create the signature expansive finish of Calcareous' Moose.
Pairs well with beef bourguignon, lamb shank or venison roast.
points of distinction
- A showcase for the Syrah from Calcareous vineyard, planted on an extremely steep section of the estate, with exposed limestone and almost no top soil.
- Blended with Petit Verdot from the Live Oak Vineyard, in the cooler Templeton Gap region, to increase the desired tannic weight and structure elements.
vineyard details +
Calcareous Vineyards is located on Peachy Canyon Road in the westside hills of Paso Robles, California. Established in 2000, Calcareous Vineyards is a 442 acre estate that begins about one mile to the west of town and stretches for several miles towards the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
about the grape +
Petit Verdot makes a dark, firmly structured, tannic wine with superbly balancing acidity, and fresh, full flavors and aromas of spice, pepper and black fruits with notes of violets.
Syrah has seductively dense, rich, chewy black berry aromas and flavors, with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are firm yet elegant.
– Jason Joyce, Winemaker
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