Published, B-Metro magazine, November 2009
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific Ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
"Califa" is the Modoc Indian term for "prettiest one.” And this Pinot Noir is a beauty! The Califa Pinot Noir showcases the best of Chamisal Vineyard, with complex notes of berries and plums with layers of black fruit, chocolate and oak. And a lovely acidity balances with fine tannins for a lush mouth feel.
The Califa wines—both the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay—are blended from the most opulent, seductive and powerful of Chamisal Vineyards. Stringent tastings and evaluations by the winery ensure that these few bottles truly are the most intense and flavorful wines of the vintage. So it is sure to please even the wine snob at your holiday table.