Leo Steen Calpella 2009

I had picked up Leo Steen Calpella 2009 a few months back because I fancied the brown paper recycled label and was intrigued by the Carignane and Petite Syrah blend. Leo Steen was founded in 2004 by Danish sommelier and winemaker Leo Hanson. One of his goals is to introduce people to character-driven, food friendly wines from undiscovered vineyards; he accomplishes this by crafting “interesting wines with both sense of place and a purpose”. He is devoted to a “gentle approach” to winemaking that focuses on natural methods including lower alcohol, less oak and natural yeast only. The grapes were sourced from 50-60 year old vines from Testa Vineyards in Mendocino County. The vineyard was established by Italian immigrants in the 1950’s, it is certified organic and still family owned and operated.

Inky dark violet with ruby highlights, intense aromas of gamey smoked meat, wild roses and ripe cherry radiated from the glass. Dense blueberry and cherry flavours joined rich chocolate and traces of earthy, smoked meat elements in the full body. Spicy white pepper, cinnamon and dried roses were embraced with wisps of smoky cedar in the lengthy finish. Plush, velvety and rustic, this is a wise and splendid glass that keeps you reaching for more.

 

66% Carignan, 34% Petite Sirah

Mendocino County
California
Produced & Bottled by Leo Steen, Healdsburg
13.9% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now thru 2014

* only 240 cases made

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