2009 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir

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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with expressive red fruit, flowers, spices and mint. It shows lovely mid-palate juiciness and an elegant, polished finish. At $24 a bottle, it may very well be the single finest value in American Pinot Noir. I was hardly surprised to learn Emirates chose to serve this wine in their business class cabin last year. This is a dazzling wine from start to finish. It is also one of the two Pinots in this tasting (the others are 2008s) made from fully destemmed fruit. Wow! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. (Aug. 2011)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/14/2011  | Send Email
Calera is simply a pioneer in California Pinot Noir, purchasing what is now their estate vineyard all the way back in 1974 in what amounted at the time as the middle of nowhere in the world of California wine. Not much has changed in the last 37 years, Josh Jensen is still the owner, there have been a few new blocks planted on the estate and the lineup of wines has expanded to include Central Coast bottlings of Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Noir from highly sought after purchased fruit through out the myriad of Central Coast Appellations. The Pinot is made from seven vineyards including the Laetitia Vineyard and the Doctor’s Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. This is some pretty high quality fruit for a paltry $20 price tag. Brimming with black cherry, oolong tea, pastille candy and soft oaken notes this is one deliciously drinkable Pinot Noir. This is a wine that will get better over the next 3-4 years but we think that once you try it, it certainly will not last that long in your cellar. Easily this wine is a forerunner for the Pinot Noir value of the fall.

 By: Rajiv Patel |  Review Date: 6/11/2012 
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Great Pinot for the price. A must buy for Pinot lovers.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3