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2012 Caliza Winery Cohort

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Licorice and smoky blackberry aromas combine with dense, potent flavors of black raspberry, loamy mineral and pepper beef. The tannins are muscular but ripe.

91Vinous / IWC

Intense dark berry and floral pastille aromas are lifted and sharpened by a zesty mineral nuance. Sappy, focused and pure, showing very good heft to its spicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Picks up a smoky quality with air that carries through a long, pure, focused finish featuring light, fine-grained tannins.

90The Wine Advocate

...black fruits, with lots of tobacco leaf, peppery herbs and cured meats giving way to a full-bodied, big, ripe, heady wine that has a touch of savory, rustic tannin on the finish.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.