Wine of the Week: Marques de Grinon Caliza

Benchmark Quality from Spain, Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Had Before

Location, location, location…great wine comes from having a great location.  Some of the world’s best vineyards pride themselves on their patch of land being blessed by Bacchus himself, commanding serious prices under the premise no one, but no one can come close to their scope of flavor and caliber.  In Spain, there are countless such estates hailing from familiar regions such as Rioja & Ribera del Duero, benefiting from the world-wide notoriety these regions carry.  Yet with such a diverse landscape, there are so many Spanish regions still shrouded in mystery for us here in the America’s.  One such place is the microscopic zone known as Dominio de Valdepusa, a region bearing prestigious ‘D.O.’ status; in other words known for adhering to a high quality standard.  Unlike Spain’s many other quality regions, this one small plot of land is owned solely by one family.

Marques de Grinon is a single estate of approximately 125 acres, farmed by the same family since the late 1200s.  Over the generations, there has been a relentless commitment to the highest farming standards.  Many of us know Spain for producing exciting Tempranillo and unique renditions of Garnacha; however today’s wine, dubbed ‘Caliza’ is a special wine given the mineral laden soils in which it’s vineyards have been planted.  The direct translation to ‘Limestone’, Marques de Grinon’s ‘Caliza’ is a show stopper, crafted from rich and powerful varietals.  Married to French oak barrels for an extended aging period, this red is as voluptuous as it is powerful.

There are many great producers in Spain, yet only 27 can call themselves a member of the esteemed Grandes Pagos de Espana association.  Marques de Grinon is not only a member, but the founding house that established the strict standards by which members must operate to achieve initiation.  With perennial appearance in publications such as Wine Spectator, Parker’s Wine Advocate, Vinous, and many others…Marques de Ginon Caliza is a serious bottle for a relative value.  Just $21.99/bottle it commands your attention…just think, if this wine was stamped with the word ‘Bordeaux’ or ‘Brunello’, this would easily find itself north of $75.