June 16, 2020 - Holy smokes that’s good.
Medium minus garnet
Some stem inclusion to the nose, but in a fresh and sappy way. Very burg and elegant for a Calera. Still had richness, and some oak is still showing on the palate. Light rootbeerish-ness. Lots of complexity. Lots of time left. Honestly 2030 plus. Such a treat.
If I had to score this it would be 94-97. I was expecting a lot, but this is on a different level.
Fresh, some herbal, some pepper. So not CA palate at this point. I mean has the 14.9 ABV, but not
even close to carrying that weight. Not light PN by no means...
With 2 hours open this takes on weight and fruit. Goes from peppery Beauj to a weightier, fruitier, lighter extracted Grenache.
October 11, 2019 - Much fuller than last time. Good berries and structure.
April 28, 2019 - Lovely Pinot. Wish I had more.
March 31, 2019 - more sophisticated than powerful this wine has nuances of spice, mushroom, earth and leather that I would not expect.
March 13, 2019 - The wine looks rosy colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant and raspberry.
February 14, 2019 - Light color for CA Pinot. Some mint on the nose. There’s a green herbal element to the sweet fruit. Fine balance with acidity and a slightly spicy tingle. Tannins present but well integrated. Top notch. Drinking fantastic now and it should hold a few more yrs. but why wait?
November 9, 2018 - A nice pinot. If served blind next to a Marcassin Marcassin Pinot, you would think that these were different vintages of the same wine. This one has a nice tart yet surprisingly sweet raspberry entry that allows for a more herbal middle and finish. For a 2009, this one is showing rather well. It doesn't have the finesse that a Marcassin would show after a few hours. The finish seemed to go for a while. Not a lot of tannin on the finish. This wine probably would have gone better with food. I definitely think this one has a few years left, although if I had some of this wine I'd probably start opening them soon!
July 17, 2018 - Nice bottle. My prior notes stand.
June 15, 2018 - Another beautiful wine from Calera. It is drinking smoothly right now. We always appreciate the minerality of Calera’s wines - truly a gift the winemaker has to bring the fruit together with a mineral backbone and produce smooth, gorgeous wines. One of the true standouts among California wineries.
January 30, 2018 - decanted for 1.5 hours. this deep burgundy colored wine opens up with a beautiful nose of leather, damp earth, smoke, and sweet spices along with some cedar. on the palate, the wine has aged beautifully. the tannins are soft and fine. the wine is perfectly balanced between the acidity and the tannins. there is a luxurious mouth feel to this wine. as the wine opened up, there was a beautiful expression of dark cherries, raspberry, and some cranberry. the long finish was accompanied by flavors of sweet spice. Overall a really wonderful wine experience. the wine paired favorably with grilled salmon.