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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Calma is a single vineyard, small production Rioja from a high-altitude, limestone parcel planted to 100% Tempranillo. The wine shows extraordinary depth, beautiful integration of tannins and balancing acidity in the raw materials give this wine excellent potential for aging.
RATING HISTORY:2015 94WE; 2014 91VM; 2013 91VM; 2012 90VM
GRAPE:100% Tempranillo. Vines planted from 1984-2002. Tended in red thin clay and sandy limestone soil at 568 m (1,865 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:With its spicy, peppery red fruit, Calma is a wine that begs for robust flavors like olives and charcuterie (particularly jamon iberico). Aged sharper cheeses like manchego and mahon are also natural pairings.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The wine is made using 15% whole cluster maceration. 85% of the bunches are de-stemmed and crushed. The must is macerated for 7 days at cool temperatures. It is then fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks for 15 days at 84F to extract more flavor and tannin, followed by a post-fermentation and extended maceration for 7 days. The goal with these vinification methods is to make a wine of longevity. The wine is aged for 16 months in oak barrels, 90% French and 10% American.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in the town of Hormilla, Rioja Alta at 568 meters (1,865 ft.) Hormilla has soils composed of thin red clay and sandy limestone, with small particles of thin clay. These soils find expression in the wine as ripe, structured, yet silky tannins. For climate, the average temperature from April-October is 61.5F with 18.3 inches of yearly rainfall. The moderately warm days and cool nights of this Continental Atlantic climate forces the grapes to ripen slowly, creating optimal conditions to produce wines that show brighter, more expressive aromas and more profound, complex fruit flavors.
TASTING NOTES: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
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.87 lbs (.39 kg)
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