Red

2008 Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Mount Harlan
Drink between 2013 - 2020 (Edit)
CT89 26 reviews
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  • 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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  • KVM wrote:

    November 18, 2018 - Lively and delicious.

  • KVM wrote:

    November 21, 2017 - Decanted. Fruity nose with a little smoke. The fresh fruit is very concentrated and a sensation of sweetness prevails. No hurry.

  • KVM wrote:

    November 26, 2016 - Med red. First wiff is rather stinky so we decanted and swirled - much better now. Cherry and red currant and red currant jelly, plus some smoke. Medium body, lots of fruit, a little oak and a little herbaceous, suave tannin followed by dry tannin. The flavours are initially broad, building in power and then fading without fireworks. Perhaps time will bring the fireworks.

  • Griffeyfan04 wrote: 85 points

    April 28, 2016 - Don't get it. Read the notes and had high hopes. Decanted for half an hour and drank over the next hour. Not a big nose but some fruit only. On the palate astringent with a single dimension to it of just some darf fruit and not a lot of it. Tannins were pretty rough as well. I tasted this many times and could not get much from it. Seemed to be nothing at fault with bottle either. Thoroughly unimpressed for $45. $8 bottle i would be okay with

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

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  • By Allen Meadows
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/21/2011 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/21/2011 (link) 91 points

    (Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard) Black cherry, black raspberry nose; tart black cherry, black raspberry, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Calera
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Mills Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Mount Harlan

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 95 (51%)
  • Consumed 89 (48%)

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