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Calcarius Hellen Rosso

Overview

Calcarius is an avant-garde natural wine project from Valentina Passalacqua, focused on the kimmeridgian limestone soils of her childhood town, Arpicena, at the feet of the Gargano mountains in Puglia. Valentina worked in business in London 10 years ago. After the birth of daughter, Giulia, she felt a desire to return to her homeland and engage more with nature. This area is full of calcerous limestone in the soil, white rocks jutting out everywhere amongst the vines. Combined withe the salty air from the Adriatic sea, and Valentina’s careful picking (much earlier than all of her neighbors of course) the wines of the Calcarius project are all light on their feet and very elegant.
 
Vibrant violet in color.  The wine really comes alive with a bit of air and aromas of juicy red cherries start out initially and then the nose turns darker shades with fresh black cherries, mulberries and a bit of blackberry with a bit of earthiness and an oregano note.  The palate is medium-bodied and persistent, evoking fresh blackberries with a bit of the stems as well.  There is a peppery note that comes alive and a notion of Mediterranean herbs.  The finish has a saline component and light tannins with thirst-quenching acidity.
 
retail $24
sale $14
 
Calcarius Hellen Rosso