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Deep red. Aromas of dried red berries, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and vanilla; a hint of white pepper adds vivacity. Coats the palate with smoke-accented cherry-vanilla and cassis flavors and shows very good energy and a seamless texture. The smoke and cassis notes carry through a sweet, subtly tannic finish that echoes the tobacco note. -- Josh Raynolds
Alberto Orte is a winemaker and history lover who finds inspiration in expressions of time and place. When he makes a wine, very often it is rooted in a time gone by or lost technique. The other main sources of inspiration for Alberto are specific places that are compelling by virtue of the qualities they intrinsically lend to wines that are grown there. In the case of Calma, he examines the latter – a special site in Rioja Alta called Viña Badrinal, in the village of Hormilla near the Sierra de la Demanda mountain chain. Planted to sandy limestone and clay soils at almost 2000 ft elevation, the bright acidity and depth of the fruit from this parcel provide Alberto with beautiful, site-specific raw material to make an age-worthy wine of remarkable depth and elegance. 100% Tempranillo, organically farmed and hand-harvested, Calma is a close examination of this special place and is unmistakably Riojana.click here for more information.