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The mythical Greek Goddess Calista was a huntress who possessed grace, seductive charm and strength above all rivals. Inspired by Calista, or "most beautiful" in Greek, Calista has created an alluring wine that captures her essence drawn from the most exceptional Pinot Noir vineyards.
The Coast Range of California is a stretch of mountains that parallels the Pacific Ocean from Mendocino County in Northern California 400 miles south to Santa Barbara. These geologically young mountains, known as “The Great Coast Range”, are comprised of crushed, creased, and folded sea floor pushed up some 30 million years ago. The maritime climate and the unique soil structure across the range create optimum vineyard conditions for growing world-class Pinot Noir.
Calista’s winemaker chose three of California’s finest regions along the Coast Range for Calista: Mendocino County, Monterey County and Sonoma County. Each area lends a distinctive character to our signature blend.
Internationally recognized for gorgeous, pure fruit combined with great elegance, California Pinot noir thrives among the state’s cooler, coastal zones. Characterized by eclectic flavors and aromas of strawberry, black cherry, plum and potpourri with notes of forest floor, mushroom or black tea, the best California Pinot noir boast a supple texture and good acidity, giving them the ability to improve with age.
Credited with the beginning of Pinot noir’s glory in California, two growers, Joe Rochioli and Joseph Swan in the late 1960s independently planted Pinot noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Today Sonoma County remains the leading producer of Pinot noir in the state, and Pinot noir is the leading red grape in the county, achieving its highest potential, in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.