Caligo Essencia L/06-08

Region: Catalonia

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Color: White

Produced from hand harvested vines with very low yields of only 350 liters per hectare. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed in a basket press. Fermentation lasts for over six months under controlled temperature conditions (between 13º C and 18º C). Aged for two years in new 400 liter french oak barrels. Residual sugar in the finished wine is 300 g/l; 8% alc.


Publication Score Comments
The Wine Enthusiast 91 Bold and gold, with penetrating aromas of orange, dried apricots, sweat and honey comb. The feel is rich and layered, with just enough acidity to lend volume to the apricot, dried peach and honey flavors this late-harvest Chardonnay is pushing. Thick and a bit unctuous on the finish; drink now.
Issue 2504, April 2012
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 Bright gold. Candied fig, ripe peach, orange pith and spices on the hugely aromatic nose. Deep, juicy and extremely sweet but lively, offering an array of dense, honeyed orchard and pit fruit flavors lifted by juicy citrussy quality. Finishes with serious cling and length, echoing the candied pit fruit flavors. All of these wines come from Pontons, a very cool area in Catalunya's Alt Penedes region.
Issue 158, Sept/Oct 2011