I think ratings ought to be as divorced from price as possible, so ideally this isn't an 88 pt $53 bottle of wine, rather an 88 pt bottle of Pinot (although it appears my price through Atlantic Wine is somehow $9 above the average on CT, which may explain why I buy so little wine through them now, but I digress)
I opened this wine as a pop and pour and was impressed with its accessibility so early, it is a good food wine with strong acidity and lots of red fruit quite forward. There is a little bramble that comes on in the mid-late palette but otherwise red forward and finish. The problem is that this wine needs food, and not just a charcuterie plate. It needs real food. As we rejoined the bottle later in the evening, both my wife and I felt some heartburn from the wine, coming from the acidity. The good news to this is that the wine will age, although for once I'm in disagreement with CT by taking the "under" on longevity.
opens with a strong nose of cherry and black raspberry. Fairly dark for a pinot noir. On the palate the wine is soft with hints of cherry, raspberry, licorice and mint. ........a super smooth wine with a very nice long finish. Not too over the top on the fruit. The wine is fresh and vibrant and jumps from the glass. A really nice effort from Calera
A light ruby colored pinot with some cloudiness to it. This was light on its feet with some cherry and lovely rose petal to the nose. A touch stringent on the palate but overall a light burgundian styled Cali pinot. From some reviews I expected it to be a little more intense but it was somewhat restrained
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