Monday, September 22, 2014

Marquis De Grinon, Caliza

Excellent Syrah Value From DO de Dominio de Pago Valdepusa

Xandra Falco, Director General, CEO
 All of the wines from this top Spanish producer are solid and even outstanding as you move up the line. The property has been in the Falco family since 1292 (yes, that's a year), and has a rich history of influencing the Spanish wine industry.
I especially like the Caliza for its value, and variety. You don't typically think of Spain, when you think of Syrah; and I love what this varietal can do in the hands of good winemakers in atypical locations. This is a prime example. The name Caliza is a reference to the limestone soil, in which these vines are planted, that significantly influences the wine's character.
Other Marquis De Grinon wines include a 100% Syrah, and the "Emeritus", their top cuvee which is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Petit Verdot and 5% Syrah. I tasted both, but did not makes specific notes. They were both excellent and complex, with the Emeritus having a structure clearly built for longevity.
Caliza, with the Image of a Limestone on the Label

2010 Marquis De Grinon "Caliza" D.O. de Pago Valdepusa, Spain 14.5% ABV $17

The nose starts off with dark roasted cherry and strawberry preserves, with notes of espresso beans, and a fresh, clean, mineral note underneath. The palate is meaty, and full flavored with charred strawberry, and black cherry, a little smoke, flinty Earth, and textured minerality. There's good length on the firm finish and a pleasant chewiness. With the additional presence of moderate acidity, the Caliza is complete, and well balanced.  65% Syrah, 35% Petit Verdot  90Pts