Ole Imports, 2012 Cal Blanca

"(aged for six months in French oak barrels, followed by two years in large concrete vats) Deep ruby. Ripe dark berries, licorice and mocha on the nose, plus a hint of smokiness in the background. Smooth, round and open-knit; a peppery nuance adds lift and bite to sweet blackberry, cassis and candied violet flavors. The long, supple finish shows very good clarity and closes on a gently tannic note, leaving a floral pastille note behind."

Ole Imports, 2012 Cal Blanca

Ole Imports, 2012 Cal Blanca

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2012 Cal Blanca
Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico (CVA)

100% Tempranillo (Tinta de Toro)

Cal Blanca is named after a vineyard located in the highest elevation subzone of the Toro DO region. "Cal Blanca" ("white chalk" in English) refers to the rare chalky, calcareous limestone soils found in this special vineyard. Located southwest of Ribera del Duero in Zone 2, the region of Toro has a warmer climate than Ribera del Duero and its wines are bolder, meatier and more full-bodied.

The profile of Toro's soils contains mostly river stones and sandy topsoil atop layers of thick, hard clay subsoil. Planted in 1985, the Cal Blanca vineyard is sited at 809 m (2654 ft) elevation, 15 km southwest of the town of Toro. The vines are head pruned (also called en vaso or gobelet) in the traditional manner, dry farmed (no irrigation), and tended using organic viticulture.

The must undergoes pre-fermentation cool maceration for 3 days, then 20 days of fermentation at cool temperatures. The wine is aged in 2-year-old French oak barrels for 6 months followed by 24 months in 5000 L concrete tanks to provide oxygenation without the influence of oak. (2300 cs)

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