/ Paso Robles
The Syrah and Grenache undergo similar treatments in the cellar. After being fully destemmed with the skin left intact, the fruit was cold soaked in anaerobic conditions for 3 days. It was then fermented in 2.5 ton open top tanks. This ferment spent a total of 24 days on skins. The Mourvedre is the last ripener in the vineyard and was fermented in 2 ton tanks, 30% whole cluster. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the final blend was put together and allowed to age as a single wine for an additional 22 months with no racking.
Dark and potent in appearance, this wine supplies a rich bouquet of black berry, mocha and leather. Offering a mix of dark fruit, graphite, and tobacco upfront that combines with earthy tannins that gains depth and magnitude. The immense nature of the wine coalesces with subtle french oak from the puncheon aging producing an extremely complex finish.
points of distinction
- Comes completely from the Calcareous Vineyard, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the full benefits of Paso Robles' unique westside climate.
- Vines are planted on calcium carbonate soils, and vines, on southwest facing slopes grading near 50%, producing fruit of uncommon density, fruit, and structural 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 +
Grenache is loaded with dense, lusty aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and licorice, with a palate-coating texture and high alcohol.
Mourvèdre makes big, meaty, rustic wines high in alcohol, acidity and tannin, with moderate black fruit characters. Shows aromas and flavors of wild Provençal herbs, leather, mushrooms and barnyard.
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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