Moose

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Calcareous

Moose

Region: America / 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.

94 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage
92 Points

Wine Advocate

2013 vintage
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tasting note

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.

food pairing

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.
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Let the Soil Speak

– Jason Joyce, Winemaker

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