2010 Calera "Ryan" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A larger scaled, structured effort that oozes kirsch, strawberry, raspberry, incense and liquid flower-like aromas and flavors, the 2010 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard hits the palate with a full-bodied, voluptuously textured feel before firming up considerably on the finish with layers of tannin. It’s a beauty, but needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will shine through 2025+. Drink 2015-2025+. Open, voluptuous and sexy efforts, these all benefitted from substantial air time and gained richness and depth over the evening. They’re brilliant Pinot Noirs. (JD)
*CELLAR SELECTION* You can almost read through the translucent ruby color of this wine, but there's nothing light about it. Rich with cherries, it offers lots of pleasure now, but with moderate alcohol, fine acidity, and minerality that gives the wine a foundation, it should hold in the cellar until 2018, at least.
A sweet, open bouquet leads to racy red cherries, flowers and spices in the 2010 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard. The whole clusters add brightness and an pretty upper register to the aromatics, but candied notes remain. (AG)
Strikes a fine balance, featuring gentle ripe plum, cherry and a loamy mineral edge, edging toward cranberry and anise and ending with firm, gripping tannins. (JL)
The Ryan vineyard was planted in 1998 and 2001 on Calera's Mt. Harlan estate, which is east of the Monterey Bay at an elevation of 2000 feet. The 2009 vintage blew out the doors as soon as the 93 point Wine Advocate review was published. The 2010 appelation wines are already faring well with critics, so it may be best to not wait until the single vineyard wines are scored as well...especially since yields in 2010 were greatly reduced! From the winemaker: "Brilliant garnet in color and showing concentrated cassis, slate, briar and fragrance of white pepper, this 2010 Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir embodies classic Mt. Harlan minerality; gripping tannic tension and fascinating peaty rose petal and pomegranate. Brown spices melt into a tight, focused finish."