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.
An April 2011 frost wiped out Caliza's Viognier. This is an excellent version of 100% Roussanne.
From Caliza Vineyard a return to our "normal" blend for Inference. This bright very fruit-forward white is a blend of 76% Roussanne and 24% Viognier from Caliza Vineyard. Excellent when paired with spicy foods, this one was aged in mostly stainless steel and a little neutral french oak. A white wine for people for people who think they don't like white wine. 75 cases produced.
From the weird and wonderful 2011 vintage, this is a Grenache (69%) Syrah (16%) and some Cinsault & Tannat from two westside vineyards new to us, Hearthstone and Cocavin. Bright, forward fruit, in a lighter style. Good with many kinds of meat dishes and cheeses. 88 points Wine Enthusiast.
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. CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.
Our flagship red's second launch. As with the '09, this is a blend of 3 different syrah clones (84%), grenache (12%) with 4% Viognier. Rich, dark, ripe and intense this wine has been in the bottle for well over two years after being barrel aged for 22 months in a combination of new and neutral french oak barrels. From the prestigious Caliza Vineyard in Paso's Templeton Gap area. 175 cases made.
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. Availability: ALMOST GONE.
A blend of 72% Syrah and 28% Grenache. Torrin is adjacent to and once a part of Booker Vineyards. It is in the Templeton Gap area west of Paso Robles. We are very proud of this wine. It has rich clean forward fruit balanced by new French oak treatment. It spent sixteen months in barrel and was bottled in February of 2010. This wine is huge and will benefit from several years of bottle aging but is approachable now because of its fruit component. Lamb, beef, spicy foods are logical pairings. WS- 90pts, WA-87. LIMIT 1.
The second and final vintage of Syrah and Grenache (71%-29%) from Torrin Vineyard in the Templeton Gap. TASTING ROOM FAVORITE. This is rich, ripe and intense with tremendous aging potential. Darker and deeper than the 2008 Implication, this wine is easily accessible now. Sadly only 55 cases were made. LIMIT 1.
A blend of more-or-less equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from Caliza. This--for us--IS 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. LIMIT 1 (Club Only)
See description for 750 ml. THIS IS A MAGNUM (1.5 L).
2009 Implication Red- Torrin Vineyard
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