"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.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Dominio de Valdepusa vineyard
Vineyard size:
125 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous and Clay-Loam
Training method:
Lyre, Smart Dyson, and Vertical Shoot Positioning - Ballerina
Elevation:
1,617 feet
Vines/acre:
800-808
Yield/acre:
2.0 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:
70% Syrah and 30% Petit Verdot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14-16 days
Fermentation temperature:
75-82 °F
Maceration technique:
Cold Soak Maceration; Racking, Punchdown, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Length of maceration:
2 days; 7-15 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New-One year
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
9-12 months
Length of bottle aging:
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.50% %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
2.3 g/L
Acidity:
6.0 g/L
Dry extract:
0.0 g/L

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