Bodega Calle Ca De Calle Gran Reserve Red
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Named Ca de Calle to commemorate Calle’s contributions to the project and her shared goal of revitalizing the historic winery and its original goal of using the local community in its pursuit in making top quality wines. The aim for this wine is to combine the different facets of Mendoza’s great appellations in a standalone bottling.
- In 2015, Bodega Calle sourced fruit from the best old vine sources in Lujan and some of the best cool climate fruit in Uco Valley, particularly Altamira and San Carlos.
- This is a very manually made wine from vineyard to cellar. All of the fruit is farmed without use of pesticides or herbicides. Weeds are hand-hoed. Then at harvest, fruit is hand picked, hand sorted, made with gravity flow and fermented with native yeasts. It is then 100% cellared in fine French and American oak barrels in our underground cellar. Later, as we taste every barrel, we decide our best lots and an assemblage is made using those best lots. We focus on quality over blend consistency or volume. So each vintage’s blend can be completely different every year.
Varietal Composition: 65% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Bonarda, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Elaboration: Hand harvested from top parcels of organically farmed grapes. Carefully sorted. Cellar work using gravity flow. All lots kept separate until final blend is determined. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Dark purple color. Forward nose of toasty plums, black cherry, and lilac flowers. On the palate the wine is rich and full, with layers of berry flavors and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finishes soft with balancing acidity.
At the crossroads of four corners and four historic wineries, Luigi Bosca, Baldini, and Lagarde, Bodega Calle is located on their southwest corner. A small-lot, gravity-flow, red wine making studio located in the prized viticultural area of Luján de Cuyo, our winery was opened in 2001 in the restored Claudio Erice winery, originally built in 1925. The winery concentrates on varietal wines and premium red blends sourced from viticultural areas throughout Luján and Valle de Uco. All wines are made with the use of gravity and are never pumped to deliver the grapes to the fermentation tanks.
All grapes are farmed without the use of herbicides or pesticides, are hand picked and sorted and vinified using native yeasts, which results in a more gradual fermentation curve and less intervention with refrigeration. Bodega Calle is a certified organic winery and the wines are GMO free and vegan. Also, the winery recently joined the DOC of Luján de Cuyo, the 5th winery ever to be admitted. Kirk Ermisch is its principal owner and general manager. Christopher Ermisch is the original founder of Bodega Calle, along with Elvira Calle, a famous local businesswoman and philanthropist.