Paso Robles, California
In a twisted but genius approach on blending, this Zin comes from two pick dates and two Zinfandel vineyards, each with wildly distinct attributes. An early pick brought in fruit teeming with juicy acidity and a late-pick introduced a deeply colored and fully extracted character, which when blended together at the Calcareous cellars, results in a Zin with incredible harmony.
Aging in American oak (25% new) for a brief nine months had the slightest of mellowing effects on this unctuous delight—a full-throttle Zin offering cherry cordial aromas and ripe berry notes with hints of baking spice and black licorice. Just when you think this may be even a bit too, too much, the finish calls in a refreshing dose of pepper and a bright tang of acid, giving this Zin all the balance and breed necessary to drink down with meats, cheeses and pasta.
Four reasons we love it:
Made of fruit from both a cooler climate and a warm climate vineyard, resulting in a big but ultimately well-balanced wine made for the table.
Calcareous Vineyards is a dream come true for Lloyd Messer and Dana Brown, one of the few father-and-daughter wine partnerships on the planet.
The winery was established in 2000 on one of the highest limestone plateaus in all of Paso Robles’ famed “westside.”
Calcareous’ estate vineyards are a mere 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the western edge of the Paso Robles AVA, one of the most sought after sources for wine grapes in the state. The region boasts, steep hills, calcareous soils and insane ranges in temperature. In other words, this is a spectacular climate for wine grapes.
This Old Vine Zinfandel is medium-bodied with aromas of black cherry, red currant, blackberry bramble and a hint of spice. Concentrated ripe fruit, dark berry flavors and black pepper carry through to the palate while nicely balanced acidity and plush tannins lead to a lingering finish.
From the winery.. Twisted is about discovering your own individual wine style, without any of the complicated rules traditionally associated with wine.
Enjoy Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel with braised short ribs, BBQ chicken pizza or pulled pork sliders.