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Calcareous Vineyard

Calcareous Vineyard

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The Importance Of Place

There are countless ways to describe your land and the way it manifests itself in the wine it produces. Recently the challenge has been to attempt to describe this intricate interaction entirely with one word such as terroir, terreno, akerboden, or as we simply call it here at Calcareous, place. The most important aspect of a winery is its place.  As much as winemakers like to extol on their abilities to craft beautiful wines with the magic of an alchemist, it is the vineyard that truly makes the difference.  The varietals, farming techniques, and cellar activities are universals in the world of wine, simply variations on a theme. The one thing that makes for the creation of uniqueness amongst wineries is the exact place the vines reside.  The singular mix of soil, water, sun, and air in each vineyard creates individual wines as snowflakes formed in the chaos of storm clouds.  That is why we here at Calcareous celebrate above all other factors, our place.

3430 Peachy Canyon Road
Paso Robles CA, 93446

(805) 239-0289

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Tres Violet

Tasting Notes
The dry conditions of the 2013 vintage produced a dark and forceful version of our Rhone blend, supplying a rich bouquet of black berry, cocao and leather. Plenty of dark fruit, graphite, and earthy tar upfront combine with hearty tannins that gain depth and magnitude over time. The immense nature of the wine coalesces with subtle french oak from the puncheon aging producing an extremely complex finish.
Vineyard Notes
The 2013 Trés Violet comes completely from the Calcareous Vineyard. The name Calcareous comes from the geological term for calcium carbonate soils, whose presence here cannot be overstated. With soil pH readings above 9 and planted on southwest facing slopes grading near 50%, this site is extremely harsh and naturally supplies yields of less than 2 tons to the acre. These factors combine to produce fruit of uncommon density, fruit, and structural elements.

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Blend
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alcohol: 15.5%
Case Production: 6,000
Category: Red Blend

Wine #2

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Moose

Tasting Notes
Showing beautiful dark purple colors in the glass, the wine radiates powerful aromas of plum, licorice and creamed honey. The weighty upfront dark fruit combines seamlessly with brooding tannins full of blackberry, tar and mineral loam. Notes of smokey cedar from the French oak integrates perfectly with natural skin and seed tannin to create the signature expansive finish of our Moose bottlings.
Vineyard Notes
The 2013 Moose is a showcase for the Syrah from our Estate vineyard. In this case it is the 2.65 acre block 8 clone 99 Syrah planted in 2002. This block is planted on an extremely steep section of our 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.

Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Blend
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alcohol: 15.6%
Category: Syrah

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