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Calma Rioja 2009 750ml

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Calma reveals Bright violet, black cherry 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. With so much spicy, peppery, red fruit character.

In the words of the emerging young winemaker David Sampedro "the goal of Calma is to show the depth and structure of this great geography.” Calma is a blend of grapes from three vineyards: Arca, Valdona and Miriametro. Josh Raynolds from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar feels “Calma is a serious wine for the money… In fact, this might be too much for most buyers at this price point.”

Perfect Pairings

This wine is a natural for olive bread and charcuterie, especially fattier meats like speck, prosciutto, black forest ham, and at the top of the list, jamon iberico. Tapenade, aged hard cheeses and sausage with fennel and similar casual bites will pair well with Calma, and the wine also has all the structure and “cut” you’d want for a more weighty main course, like roasted prime rib or boeuf bourguignon.