Light garnet in the glass, a floral note along with a bit of sweet oak on top of the spice and fruit on the nose, zesty acids on the palate, pomegranate juice rather than cola, medium finish. Nice wine in a tricky year.
De couleur bourgogne un peu trouble. Nez sur les petits fruits tels la framboise. En bouche on retrouve une certaine fraicheur avec le gout de framboise, poivre et rose. Par contre, il semble que le raisin a manqué de maturité avec les arômes de poivron vert qui s'en dégage. Léger, fruité, mais manque de complexité. Peut-être une mauvaise bouteille, car noté 90 point lors de ma première dégustation en novembre 2014.
I'm thankful for Calera Pinot Noir. Red fruit aromas. Pomegranate palate, light tannin, the high side of medium acid. Waxy red fruit, an earthy grassiness. Suave palate. Drink to 2019. Day 2 drinking more structured and what time from yesterday. Big berry fruit. Medium body. Gorgeous fruit, not too suave.
Earthy floral on the nose, light medium bodied pinot that achieves that rare mix of light and depth. Balanced mid-palate with ripened plum, black cherry, cigar, cola, pomegranate, and a chocolaty signature all swirling with a velvety smooth texture and earthy hue. The finish is intriguing and medium-long with spice, tannins and earthy cream. It's well worth the price from an accomplished pinot winemaker. Will stock up for every day use.
Clear pale ruby color. Fresh nose of sour cherry, acid, grape skin, some green stems. Dry, light and crisp, with fresh strawberry, tart cherry, soft mineral, and acid. Medium finish, a great entry level pinot.
Meant to get the 2009 but once I was upstairs with the 2011 I decided to just open it. Young for sure, but definite fruit forward flavors along with some nice white pepper. A nice touch of acidity lingers on the tongue in the medium finish.
Consistent with September 2013 tasting notes, particularly the mushroom and wet soil. Simple and light bodied. Overpriced for the effort considering this was more $$ than the 2011 Meiomi. The Meiomi is a better wine at a lower cost.
Fruit dominant, but knit together much better than just 6 mo ago. A bit of secondary savory notes and spice. Not terrifically complex but varietaly correct and great QPR. Modest length, medium bodied and medium acid. Rich mouth feel for the $. Calera remains a consistent top entry level pinot and makes the mostly northern Central Coast fruit.
Drank alongside 2006 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Champ-Chevrey. The Calera PN lost the battle on all fronts, perhaps with the exception af that of extraction of fruit. Still a pretty decent Cali-pinot.
Very perfumed nose, medicinal, yet strangely attractive, with heaps of perfumed blueberry and leafy tones. Generous and broad of shoulder, ripe fruit, silky, glycerine richness. Good finish, just a hint of tannin, but clean and with decent length. I expected this to tilt to the overpowering side but it stayed charming and interesting. Nice
On the nose this has mushroom, wet soil, and green pepper notes. On the palate there is a bit of white pepper, raspberry, and the mushroom carries over. There is a good balance of tannin and acidity, though the mid palate is quite flat, and the finish disappears quickly. Not a great showing from Calera, but in light of the challenging harvest conditions, this should come as no surprise. While early to judge, I don't see this as having any measurable improvement with further bottle time. This is a drink up wine. Free up your cellar space IMHO if you are holding this.
Fantastic every-day-er Pinot! Get this locally for $21....it offers plenty of pleasure for the Burgundian palate.....med bodied fresh crushed berry fruit(cherry,red raspberry,plum)...tart skin acidity, crunchy with crushed minerals, fresh cut flowers, smoked cherry wood, truffle, little stem funk. Has a nice freshness and zip to it, as well as some funked up cherry creme and greenness to it. Doesn't really have the heat you usually get in Ca. Pinot......a ringer for a very good Bourgogne, or even a Village..say Nuits-St.Georges? Tasty!
Light ruby color with a nose of salt, mineral and red berries. The palate is light-bodied and aptly acidic with flavors of raspberry, strawberry, licorice and spice. Finishes a bit short. Drink now until 2018.
Det är en hyfsat krallig pinne det här. Bra tryck i frukten som består av lika mycket blåa bär som röda. Lite anis i slutet då alkoholen märks men inget problem med balansen men man kan önska en lite högre syra.
The wine is a light to medium ruby red color, much lighter at the rim. The fresh smelling nose has cherries, flowers, baking spice, eucalyptus, crushed stone minerals, and a touch of forest floor. This has medium body, soft tannins, and nice acidity. Nice red fruit on the palate with spice and just a touch of earthiness. The finish has nice length with the eucalyptus and minerals making an appearance to go with the sweet fruit. A very nice, easy drinking, under $25 Pinot Noir.
First nite in JH with roast chicken. Always a good QPR. Nice young color, good balanced nose and on the palate this was a bit young, meaning disjointed. I know this will come together. Overall good/solid.
The nose was very pretty with clean, ripe berry fruits picked right from the vine with hints of lavender, wood (like branch) and green stem. On the palate it was smooth yet lean with a rustic feel, showing flavors of cranberry, tart cherry and hints of orange peel. The finish was long, yet drying with palate staining fruit.
I enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It was followed over the course of two hours. It's more compact than past vintages but wins lots of points for it's ability to deliver pure, intense fruit in such a smooth and enjoyable package.
(13.9%) Nicely balanced from the get go. This one is warm, earthy and spiced with bright red fruits and a nice, uplifting touch of vanilla (cola) sweetness on the finish. Straight-forward and enjoyable but with enough intrigue to keep you (interested and) coming back for more. Less fruit-forward than I’m used to from the Central Coast and I like it. At $22 this isn’t a bad choice at all and widely available to boot.
Wine Geek Notes: Fermented with native yeasts, aged 11 months in French oak (10% new), unfiltered
Day 2. Red fruit, pomegranate. Suave texture on the palate. Medium body, medium acid. Acid feels relatively soft in the mix. Just a touch of barrel present on the palate. 10% new French. Red red fruit with a waxy sheen. A little tannic/youthful edge to the palate. Med/- tannin, again perhaps low tannin. Ripe as CA should do, no herb in the palate. More juicy than sappy, but...a little sappy. As this opens up in the glass a darker aspect. Not quite brown sugar, but a little cola express.
Just a straightforward, varietally-correct, pleasant Pinot. This wine remains consistent from vintage to vintage and a solid value, to boot. Intriguing enough to justify its price point but accessible enough to not require any special handling or extended wait to enjoy. A fitting contender for my long-loved Melville Verna's.