Our winemaker Jacob Toft and I have long been devotees of the wines from the Rhône Valley in France. Whites, Reds, Rosés; Côte Rotie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Bandol—all of it. It is our and other’s belief that Paso Robles has a marvelous climate and soils in which to grow the great Rhone Varieties: Syrah, Grenach, Mourvedre, Viognier, Roussanne, and more.
Our production is very limited with some lots as small as a few dozen cases. 2009 was our first "full" vintage.
From Caliza vineyard. 77% Roussanne, 23% Viognier. Rich fruit but bone dry. Some folks call it the anti-Chardonnay. Wine Spectator: "Offers appealing, tangy, juicy flavors of grapefruit, melon, peach and apple on a light and refreshing frame." AVAILABILITY: PRETTY GOOD (4/23/13)
Huge rich ripe blend of three Syrahs (85%), Grenache (10%), and Mourvedre (5$) from Caliza Vineyard. Aged 22 months in new and neutral oak. Not for the faint of heart, but accessible now. Wine Spectator: "Intense and rustic, with a chewy mix of dark berry, mineral, cedar and black licorice, maintaining focus and ending with firm tannins." AVAILABILITY (4/23/13) PRETTY GOOD BUT GOING QUICKLY.
A blend of more-or-less equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from Caliza. This--for us--a delicate elegant wine but with excellent depth and color. If we made a Pinot Noir it would be like this wine. Twenty-two months in neutral oak for a lighter touch, just enough Syrah to provide punch. AVAILABILITY (11/12/13) ALMOST GONE.
A rich lush red from Caliza Vineyard. A blend of 55% Mourvedre and 45% Grenache. "Intense and muscular, with gutsy tar, tobacco, dark berry and a touch of leather. Ends with firm, loamy tannins." -Wine Spectator. A hit every time we've poured it for people. NEW RELEASE - 125 CASES MADE. WILL GO QUICKLY.
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See description for 750 ml. THIS IS A MAGNUM.
An April 2011 frost wiped out Caliza's Viognier. This is an excellent version of 100% Roussanne.