Wine Advocate | Rating: 92A dark, pungent wine, the 2010 Caldera offers up game, incense, tobacco, rosemary and smoke all in a voluptuous style backed up by serious tannins. Full-bodied and intense, the 2010 Caldera is loaded with personality. There is no shortage of character here. The 2010 is 65% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, and 6% Counoise. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.Drink Dates: 2015-2025Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(65% mourvedre, 29% grenache and 6% counoise; from 15- to 18-year-old vines grown in Aiken red soil studded with lava pebbles at an altitude of 2,700 feet; done in all neutral oak, mostly 600-liter French casks): Dark red. Smoky, savory aromas of raspberry, spices and tree bark. Juicy, intense and sharply delineated if on the light side, offering a captivating sugar/acid balance to the red fruit and tree bark flavors. Still a bit youthfully imploded but the very fine tannins suggest that this elegantly styled mourvedre-based wine will give early pleasure. These vines were cropped at one cluster per shoot in 2010.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Dense and complex, with intense baking spice, white pepper and dried berry flavors that gain richness and texture, firming nicely on the finish with a touch of fresh tobacco leaf. MourveA?A?dre, Grenache and Counoise.Drink Dates: 2013 - 2024Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 92Author: BoxsterVino
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 46 bottles owned
- 17 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 17 collectors)