Bright violet, black cherry scents and a kick of cracked pepper leads to dark fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish.
Calma, an estate-bottled wine made by Bodegas don Sancho Londono. The estate is managed by winemaker David Sampedro whose careful vineyard management, strict control over the entire winemaking process, and passion for the Graciano grape has led to his nickname, "el Hombre del Graciano," or the Graciano man. This passion has led David to rediscover and recuperate many abandoned Graciano vineyards from local growers, recognizing the historic importance and future potentional of these vines. Calma is a blend of organically grown grapes from three vineyards - Arca, Valdona and Miriametro - in the Rioja Alta planted on sandy soil with alluvial sediment, which gives the wine body and expressive aromas.
Bright violet. Deeper and more brooding than the Cortijo, with black cherry and violet scents and a kick of cracked pepper. Tightly wound at first, then opens to offer chewy dark fruit flavors and a touch of mocha. Dusty tannins add grip to the finish, which leaves cassis and bitter cherry notes behind. Both of these wines are made from this producer's 103 acres in Rioja Alta. -International Wine Cellar, 89 Points