Telios Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Proprietor Gus Kalaris gives us something all of you have been begging for…Value-priced Lodi Cabernet with gobs of pure varietal fruit without the usual Lodi menu of additives, enzymes, etc!
- The name Telios is of Greek origin meaning “complete” – Telios wines are given the same loving care in the vineyard and cellar as Gus’ Axios Napa Valley wines, which is not a normal thing to see in an appellation like Lodi.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: Traditional fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Ageing is completed in 60 gallon French Oak barrels for 25% of the production, with the remaining aged in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: The wine is rich, and full of Cabernet expressions. Cocoa spice, cherries and dark current plague the aromas with a lively yet full bodied character that follows into a long lasting finish of dark fruits and exotic brown spices.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of spending time with Gus Kalaris you should – Gus is a larger-than-life personality who divides his time between his native Greece, Baltimore, and the Napa Valley. Many know of Gus as the founder and principal of Constantine Wines, a market-leading wine distribution company he founded in the early eighties. About a decade ago, Gus purchased a home surrounded by ten acres of vineyards in Calistoga, with a goal of producing world-class wines reflective of Calistoga’s terroir with a sprinkle of Greek gravitas. To achieve this, Gus has partnered with Robert Egelhoff, one of Napa Valley’s most sought-after winemakers who comes with a star-studded resume which includes time collaborating Bill Harlan, Bob Levy, and Michel Rolland, and winemaking at Bella Vista, Amizetta, Robert Craig, and David Arthur Vineyards. On the farming side of things Manny Gomes oversees all aspects of the company’s vineyard operations. The wines are separated into three lines – Axios, Kalaris, and Worthy.