Caliza 2013

"Caliza" means limestone in Spanish, used in naming this wine so as to pay homage to the unique soil profile at this Dominio de Valdepusa estate. The moderate layer of clay topsoil over rocky limestone leads to elegantly structured wines. Caliza is a blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot which are fermented in stainless steel followed by one year in new and second passage French oak.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple in color with ruby reflections, this wine shows alluring notes of blackberries and cassis with undertones of cinnamon and minerality. On the palate, it is beautifully full-bodied and silky with refreshing acidity and flavors that unfold into the long-lasting finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with Spanish-style sirloin, prime rib, rich terrines, or pisto manchego.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Dominio de Valdepusa vineyard
Vineyard size
125 acres
Soil composition
Limestone
Training method
Lyre, Smart Dyson, and Vertical Shoot Positioning - Ballerina
Elevation
1,617 feet
Vines/acre
800-808
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1991-1998; 1992-1999
Harvest time
September-October
First vintage of this wine
2004
Bottles produced of this wine
89,200
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
Syrah, Petit Verdot, Graciano
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14-16 days
Fermentation temperature
75-82 °F
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration; Racking, Punchdown, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Maceration length
2 days; 7-15
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
9 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9-12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %

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