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2017 Moose

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SKU: 2017MOO
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Appears deep violet in color while ripe blueberry fruit and cedar fills the nose. Upfront richness and powerful dark fruit and cacao is balanced by mid-palate acidity all combining blackberry jam with textbook meaty West Paso Robles Syrah. A perfectly balanced finish allowed this robust wine to pair beautifully with braised short ribs, pulled pork BBQ, or grilled lamb chops.
Vineyard Notes
The 2017 Moose is a showcase for the Syrah from our 2.65 block 8 clone 99 Syrah planted in 2002. This block is planted on an extremely steep section of our estate; thus, the limestone is exposed with almost no top soil. The resulting fruit is a prime example of what farming on high pH (9.2) soils can produce. 2017 consisted of a mild spring with ample rainfall followed by a slightly warmer than usual summer and fall. This gave us a great fruit set and healthy yields with enough warmth to thoroughly ripen all the fruit.
Winemaker Notes
The Syrah for this vintage was de-stemmed and fermented in 3-ton concrete tanks. Twice daily pump overs were performed until 70% completion of fermentation. We then changed to gentle punch-downs to ease extraction of flavors during the end of the 16 days on skins. The fruit was pressed and 40% racked into new French Cavin barrels, known for their intense toasting and readily compliments a rich nose and complex finish. The remaining 60% was aged in neutral French and American barrels. The Petit Verdot was fermented in 1.5 ton open top tanks with a combination of punch downs and delestage. The Verdot was allowed to stay on the skins for a total of 23 days to maximize tannic extraction. The finalized blend was returned to barrel and aged for a total of 20 months before bottling.
Product Reviews
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Chris Kramer
(Nov 19, 2019 at 2:50 PM)
Best wine I’ve ever had! The staff at Calcareous are knowledgeable and friendly. Worth a visit to Paso Robles to see this beautiful winery!

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John Bason
(Apr 22, 2020 at 3:57 PM)
My wie and I had a 2014 bottle of Moose and it was elegant and the best Calcareous wine I have had

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Christine Hatch
(Apr 28, 2020 at 10:16 AM)
Moose is one of our all time favorite wines. You can't go wrong if you love a rich, robust flavor. It makes a terrific gift too.

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Alan Walters
(Apr 30, 2020 at 8:17 AM)
My "go to" selection for guests. Always excellent.

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