Calcareous Vineyard

Published July 18, 2013

Latin for limestone, Calcareous Vineyard produces rich velvety wines from vines grown on this rich soil. Their hilltop tasting room just off Peachy Canyon also has breathtaking views, a soft breezy climate, and an inviting picnic setting. Wednesday nights they fire up an outdoor oven and serve pizzas with their wine along with live music. They also have a full kitchen for food and wine pairings by Thomas Hill Organics.


But the wines are really the reason to visit:

  • Lily Blanc is a Rhone white blend with big body and a long finish that lingers with beautiful big melon and peach flavors.
  • Vin Gris of Malbec is a full bodied dry rose yet bright with strawberry and cherry. An amazing pizza wine on a warm night.
  • Grenache Mourvedre blend has a slightly smoky dusty nose of berry and plum with pepper and spice.
  • Tres Violet has a splash of smoky berry and plum with a long finish that has a tiny bit of licorice.
  • Syrah has tremendous flavor and balance with plum and berry yet a soft supple leather texture.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep purple color from a splash of Syrah but its plum, cherry, and berry is rounded out by dark chocolate, cassis, and a whiff of smoke.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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