Red

2008 Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Mount Harlan

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Community Tasting Note

  • oldwines Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 1, 2020 - Decanted at 5pm and tasted mostly from 8-11pm. Translucent light to medium ruby. Forward, fruity cherry and minty nose along with a noticeable level of alcohol which remained through the evening. Palate has bright acidity and modest tannin. Good but slightly crystalline texture. There is some tart cherry, forest floor, minty menthol and a smokey spiciness. Labeled ABV is 14% but seems higher. Finish is long and shows cherry and a little vanilla and chocolate. Enjoyable with a seared duck breast and salad. Would have scored higher if not for the alcohol which I felt was distracting.

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2 Comments

  • chbutto commented:

    2/13/20, 8:43 PM - Mine says 14.9% so that explains it!

  • oldwines commented:

    2/14/20, 2:50 AM - Hmmm, that would explain it, but curious that they labeled it differently. I wonder which one was first? The law is allowing a 1.5% spread so the 14% would be ok if it is actually 14.9%. But Not if it’s actually over 15.5%??? Thanks!

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