Caliza Winery

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Winemaker

Carl and Pam along with a few other brave souls boarded a plane the first day flights were resumed and embarked on the trip that would become their personal “Azimuth”. The moment of realization came as Pam snapped a photo of Carl holding a wine glass at a small Italian winery after walking the vineyard in the hills of Tuscany, “the minute I snapped the photo, I knew the wine business would be his next entrepreneur passion.”

History

Their dream became a reality with the purchase of a property in the Templeton gap in Paso Robles in 2003. Started in 2006. Their tasting room at the end of Anderson Road off of 46 West opened to wine lovers on Thanksgiving weekend of 2008.

Practices & Techniques

We take a sustainable approach to farming our vineyard and follow the guidelines set forth by the leading sustainable farming organization in our area, Vineyard Team. We follow their mission statement by using “environmentally safe, viticulturally and economically sustainable farming methods, while maintaining or improving quality and flavor of wine grapes.” All reasonable practices are incorporated to minimize unnecessary pesticide and fertilizer use. Pesticides are only applied when absolutely necessary to solve or prevent an outbreak that could have a damaging effect on the vines or fruit. Our water management practices incorporate drip irrigation that allows us to deliver the specific amount of water each vine needs directly to the vine rooting zone. Our respect for the land also includes erosion control. We incorporate a permanent cover crop of native grasses and flowers in the vine rows and roads. We also try to avoid any soil tilling to minimize loss of loose soils in rain events.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The 20-acre vineyard is predominantly comprised of hill sides with south-facing slopes. This orientation is preferable due to the maximum sun exposure for the vines. The lower vineyard blocks are at 900 feet above sea level and range up to 1200 feet at the highest blocks. Being located within the Templeton Gap area, the vineyard faces significant swings in day and night temperatures with as much as 40 degree variations. This allows the fruit to hold onto its acidity as long as possible during the long, warm growing season.

Awards

2007 Companion - 90 Points
Fruit-driven, rich and generous, with sweet-tasting ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry flavors that have a kirsch edge. Full-bodied and layered, ending with the same core of persistent fruit flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2016. 200 cases made.

2007 Azimuth - 91 Points
A rich, ripe, yet seductive style, with layers of supple plum, black cherry, tar, tobacco leaf and mineral flavors. Full-bodied and intense, yet graceful and elegant in its own way. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2016. 275 cases made.

2007 Syrah - 92 Points
Openly fruity, showing ripe plum and blackberry flavors, with touches of spice, mineral, sage and cedar. Firms mid-palate, where this tightens and then ends with a cascading mix of fruit, mineral, cedar, sage and spice notes. Drink now thought 2018. 200 cases made.

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Address

2570 Anderson Rd
Paso Robles, California 93446
United States

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