2011 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1112362 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Calera’s 2011 Pinot Noir Central Coast wafts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and mint. This is a fairly laid-back vintage for the wine, with less of the pure breed of the 2009 and 2010, but frankly that may be an unfair comparison as those wines were superb over achievers. The 2011 is more an inline performer. The tense, saline finish laced with pretty floral and spiced notes is lovely. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. Calera is clearly not in Napa Valley, but these current and upcoming releases are deserving of serious attention, hence their inclusion here.  (12/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Fresh, spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by deeper licorice and black tea elements. Lively and precise in the mouth, with a gentle smokiness to its zesty red fruit and rose pastille flavors. Tightens up on the finish, leaving notes of succulent herbs and bitter cherry behind. Nicely balanced and focused pinot, with sneaky sweetness building with aeration.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Information from Calera : Each year Calera purchases Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from growers throughout the Central Coast Region of California to be made into Calera's two Central Coast wines. The vineyard sources for these wines have remained fairly consistent, however small quantities of fruit from new or newly available vineyards are included almost every year, with a constant eye toward the best possible quality. The Pinot Noir comes from: Arroyo Seco Vineyard - Monterey County, San Ysidro Vineyard - Santa Clara County, Besson Vineyard - Santa Clara County, Cienega Valley Vineyards - San Benito County, Doctor's Vineyard - Monterey County, Gimelli Vineyards - San Benito County, Laetitia Vineyard - San Luis Obispo County, Los Alamos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County, Mt. Harlan Vineyard - San Benito County, Sheid Vineyard - Monterey County, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - Monterey County, Talley Vineyard - San Luis Obispo County, and Windward Vineyard- San Luis Obispo County

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/16/2013  | Send Email
Calera makes some of my favorite Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast, and this entry level offering evidences why. It has all of the pretty fruit you want from a Central Coast Pinot Noir--in this case raspberry and strawberry--hibiscus laced black tea and violet, delivered with restraint. Balanced, with some youthful grip on the finish and refreshinging acidity from start to finish.

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Varietal:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3