2013 Keplinger "Caldera" El Dorado Red Blend

SKU #1252052 93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Caldera is dark, bold and punchy. Sweet dark cherries, cloves, mint, sweet spices and menthol race across the palate in a beautifully perfumed, gracious Mourvèdr-based red long on class. Sage, lavender, violet and a host of blue flower/savory notes add sweetness on the close. The 2013 was done with fully destemmed fruit. These are without question the finest wines I have tasted from Helen Keplinger. The 2013s and 2014s are simply captivating across the board. Over the years, Keplinger has refined her approach, which includes a greater reliance on large format oak as well as important investments in equipment. The result of those significant sacrifices are very much in evidence. Readers will find a few new wines in the range, all of them welcome additions. As good as the 2013s are, the 2014s have the potential to be even more compelling. I can' t say enough good things about these wines and the daring spirit they embody. (AG)  (9/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Loaded with personality, this offers distinctive aromas of melted black licorice, blackberry and lead pencil. Shows great focus and structure, delivering powerful flavors of black raspberry, smoky pepper beef and mineral. Big tannins frame the finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Counoise. Drink now through 2027. 140 cases made.  (3/2016)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.