Calcareous’s regular Viognier and Chardonnay are very good wines, but somehow, this blend of both of them is better. The Viognier is un-oaked, while the Marsanne was fermented and aged in half new French oak. The flavors are elaborate and exotic, of ripe tropical fruits and honey, yet the wine is crisp and refreshingly dry.
Opens with a strong cabernet nose of ripe blackcurrants, with a hint of raisins, then turns soft and rich in the mouth. The gentle texture carries flavors of blackberry marmalade, chocolate and oak. This polished wine has a long, sweet finish.
Delicious, offering an orchard of oranges and peaches, made even richer with honeysuckle, buttered toast and vanilla notes. Fine acidity makes the flavors bright and clean. The blend is 75% Viognier and 25% Marsanne.
Petite Verdot is a hard variety to succeed on its own, but Calcareous has produced a fine, dry wine made from that Bordeaux variety. It’s full-bodied and complex, with flavors of currants, mushu plum sauce, violets, dark chocolate and anise. Such are the tannins that the wine should develop through 2010.
A richly satisfying Bordeaux blend that needs a little time to soften and mellow. Right now, it’s tight in tannins and filled with strong, primary fruit flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants and cocoa. The toasty oak is kind of all by itself. But the structure is clean and elegant. Give it until late 2010 to meld.
Richly fruity aromas of blackberries and currants are accented by lovely pepper, spice and herb notes. Even seems a bit floral on the nose, then turns creamy and supple on the palate, before picking up a hint of alcohol on the finish.
Jammy and fresh, with ripe, rich fruit. Apricot, Fig Newton, peach cobbler, crème caramel, honey, vanilla and toast flavors all mingle into a complex, spicy finish. The price of dryness is high alcohol, but the wine never tastes hot.
The appellation is near the western, cooler part of Paso Robles, and the wine’s rich chocolate fudge and creamy cherry and cassis flavors have the requisite acidity and tannins needed to temper them. Almost sweet on the finish, the wine redeems itself with elegance. The high alcohol isn’t really a problem, in terms of balance.