A Place Like No Other
Perhaps it is the Shangri-La like setting, 1800 feet above sea level overlooking the valley below. Perhaps the breeze, the tranquility and the land producing the grapes that makes Calcareous Vineyard a place like no other. Blend the land, the vista, and award-winning wines, with the people of Calcareous to experience magical moments as you visit sip and relax in the tasting room or on the tranquil patio. Calcareous Vineyard and their wines have been described as: Fantastic, awesome, amazing, fantabulous; this is just one of the many reasons they were recently awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016, an award bestowed by real people who have experienced and commented on their visit to this unique winery--which IS a place like no other.
A Dream Fulfilled
Award Winning Terroir Driven Wines
Lloyd Messer and his daughter Dana Brown, wine distributors in Iowa, purchased land in 2000, atop this calcareous plateau, with the dream of producing world class wines, expressive of the terroir and the unique micro climates that can be found in Paso Robles’ various AVAs.
The year 2006 was pivotal to Calcareous Vineyard. Sadly, Lloyd passed away that year, which was the same year Calcareous produced their first estate vintage. Although Lloyd didn’t live to see the culmination of the vintage, 2006 was the genesis of his dream being fulfilled, and Dana remains firmly entrenched in the business to this day, helping to fulfill the dream and carry on her father’s vision.
Slowly and carefully Calcareous Vineyard proceeded to build a following, producing quality wines reflecting characteristics of the fruit and its terroir. Hard work and determination was rewarded when the 2009 vintage firmly established their standing in the wine community, receiving two 92 point and one 90 point rating from Wine Spectator magazine. Each vintage since 2009 Calcareous Vineyard has received impressive scores for multiple wines; Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and the San Francisco Chronicle are only some of the parties that have consistently recognized the excellence of Calcareous Vineyard wines. Additionally, in Wine Spectator’s April 2015 article “9 Powerful Reds from Paso Robles,” four of Calcareous Vineyard’s wines made the list.
Having three distinct vineyards, Calcareous Vineyard is in a unique position to produce terroir driven wines in the Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian style. Carver Vineyard, in York Mountain, is so special, that fruit from this vineyard is used exclusively for single varietal designated wines. Winemaker Jason Joyce, constantly thinking outside the box, experimenting, changing and blending, is the heart and soul of the winemaking creative team. He is the “wine alchemist,” recently introducing a ZSM (Zin, Syrah and Merlot) blend that is unique, distinct and, well…WOW may be the most apt description.
Wine Down Wednesdays…And More!
Perhaps the best way to enjoy the complete Calcareous Vineyard experience is during the summer months, on Wine Down Wednesday. Come up to Calcareous, beat the weekend crowd to sit, sip, eat and talk wine with Calcareous’ affable and knowledgeable staff. Enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays through September 28th, partaking of gourmet brick oven pizza, your favorite Calcareous wine and entertainment by local musicians. Sit on the patio, enjoying the evening summer breeze while watching the sun go down. Join the wine down fun between 5-8pm.
Every weekend, between noon and 3pm, take pleasure in farm to table food pairings in the tasting room! Calcareous in conjunction with Thomas Hill Organics offers small bites, perfectly paired with a half glass of wine.
This August 27th and September 24th, come on up for Rock Out at Lloyd’s Lookout, a celebration of food, wine, friends and music, (tickets available through the Calcareous website). Keep up on all Calcareous’ events on their website.
A visit to Calcareous Vineyard is a comprehensive sensory experience. The vineyards, the vista, the tasting room, the staff, the ambience, and sense of place allows you to share Lloyd’s vision of creating wines and a place of uncommon character and unparalleled beauty. The Calcareous adage may be: “Come for the wine---stay for the view,” but in reality….come for it all.
ENHANCE YOUR CALCAREOUS VISIT WITH A WINERY TOUR & TASTING!
Standard Tour and Tasting (Mon.-Fri. 11:30am & 2:00pm).
VIP Winery Tour and Tasting (Thurs.-Sun. 11:30am-2:00pm), including a private tasting of current releases, library wine selections and cheese pairings. (Check website to reserve space).
The Following wines were honored in Wine Spectator’s
“9 Powerful Reds from Paso Robles.”
2012 Syrah (91 points) 2012 Moose (91 points)
2012 Grenache (91 points) 2012 Tre Violet (92 points)
AND Don’t Forget: Enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays,
through September 28th!