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Elegantly Smooth Zin from Kate’s Vineyard 

By Carol A. Wilcox     Photos by Paul Wilcox 


We love Paso Robles, California wine country so it was a pleasure to have the chance recently to taste a variety of Paso wines including Calcareous 2016 Zinfandel (15.5% ALC. Purchased at $45.00. A small disclaimer here: we attended a private wine tasting where the hosts purchased this wine). 

This is an elegant, full-bodied wine with beautiful, deep, rich red color in the glass. On the nose, there were aromas of earth, dark berry and spice. The wine tasted of blackberries and cherries with a smooth sweetness and soft tannins. It was buttery at the back of the mouth, finishing with a peppery bite and slightly sweet taste at the end. Although there was a slight but non-offensive alcohol aroma, this bottle was so smooth and flavorful that one could easily forget it’s a strong wine. 

Calcareous Vineyard was established in 2000 and sits on 442 acres of land comprised of calcareous rock. The name Calcareous refers to the limestone-rich soils. The property stretches from the outskirts of Paso Robles and heads down towards the Pacific Ocean. These winemakers produce Rhone and Bordeaux blends as well as Burgundian varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Jason Joyce is the winemaker and Dana Brown is the owner. 

Kate’s Vineyard which sits on 12 acres within Calcareous produces all of their Zinfandel within 5 separate blocks, each containing distinct characteristics used for producing a variety of zinfandel styles. Block 4 is used to produce this Estate Zinfandel where the block produces small, rich and intense berries, making up the flavor of this well-balanced wine and would pair nicely with hearty BBQ. 


Calcareous Vineyards 

3430 Peachy Canyon Road 

Paso Robles, CA 93446 

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