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Callaghan Vineyards

Callaghan Vineyards Founded in 1990 by Kent Callaghan and his parents Harold and Karen, Callaghan Vineyards quickly established a reputation for producing outstanding wines. Robert Parker, editor of The Wine Advocate, has recommended over 20 Callaghan wines in the last six years. Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal recently listed the Callaghan 1996 Fume Blanc as one the twelve most impressive wines of their last two years of tasting. In his CD/ROM on winegrape varietals, English writer Oz Clarke listed the Callaghan Zinfandel as an excellent example produced outside California.


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336 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ, US, 85611 Email:
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  Ann’s Cuvee 2003
34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Gris, 33% Malvasia. Barrel-fermented in 33% new French oak. Low-key nose of smoke, cinnamon, pear and mint. This has expanded nicely with several months of bottle-age. Rich, fresh flavors of smoky pear, citrus, apple and mint with a textural sweetness typical of ripe fruit from the Dos Cabezas Vineyard. Named after Ann Buhl, co-owner of the vineyard.
  Back Lot Cuvee 2001
50 % Mourvedre, 36% Syrah, 14% Zinfandel. Aromas of smoke, fresh earth, cola, black cherry and spice. Quite intense in the mouth, with a creamy fruit character. The long finish features plentiful finely-grained tannin.
  Buena Suerte Cuvee
0% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Petit Verdot. Deep, black, spicy nose shows hints of melted chocolate. Smells like a more refined version of the 2002. Really creamy and broad in the mouth, with serious tannin mostly buried in fat. The Petit Verdot yielded only one ton/acre. Drink this over the next 10 years.
39% Mourvedre, 35% Syrah, 26% Petite Sirah. Appropriately, the most exuberant, fruit-filled red in 2004. Deep black fruit and spice character. Best over the next seven years.
  Dry Riesling
This is tasting beautifully now. Adamantly dry, but with a hint of textural give, initially, that eases you into the wine. Tight-fisted citrus and toasted nut nose with a hint of classic Riesling petrol. Dense and penetrating in the mouth with a long stony/chewy finish. A personal favorite.
  Junior 2002
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Fragrant, generous nose of chocolate, earth, spice, fresh herbs, pepper and black cherry. Massive in the mouth. This provides an extremely interesting contrast to the wines above and below.
  Kevin’s Cuvee 2001
61% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Malvasia, 8% Riesling. Smoky, nut/popcorn, lime nose. Expansive for Sauvignon, but finishs firm, with zesty acidity. Best with lighter fish and chicken dishes.
  Lisa’s Selection
64% Viognier, 36% Riesling. Barrel-fermented in 25% new French oak. Spicy, candied ginger/sassafras, citrus/pepper nose – reminds me a bit of Gruner Veltliner. Mouth-coating texture with very spicy, intense flavors of citrus and pepper. Wine Advocate 89/100
  Little Red
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (affected by early October rain) blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A bit of a surprise for me. Very nice, mellow nose of nut , spice and cherry. Plush, middle-weight red with good length and structure for short-term cellaring.
  Mourvedre 2003
75% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Spicy nose of strawberry/cherry jam with subtle allspice and clove notes. Initially sweet textural impression gives way to nicely structured mid-palate with lingering spicy red fruit flavor. Like all the ’03 reds, this seduces with its detail, refinement and surprisingly long finish – in complete contrast to the same wines from 2002.
70% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet, 15% Merlot. Discreet nose of smoke/spice and red and black cherry. Creamy, cherry-packed mid-palate is currently cut short by the wine's powerful structure. Very much a wine to wait for. This will be at its best in 2-3 years and should drink well for an additional 5-7 years.
  Syrah 2003
100% Syrah. Wild, expressive nose of smoked meat, red fruit, earth and spice. Once again, we are back in the Euro-style of Syrah. Silky and suave in the mouth, with an ethereal smoky quality (from the grape, not oak) that doesn’t seem to end.
Includes approximately 15% Syrah/Petite Sirah. The best nose of all the 2004s at this point - nuanced, lifted aromas of baking spices, raspberry and apricot.


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