2005 Calera "Selleck Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1043092 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The very Burgundian 2005 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard is super. While it displays hints of menthol, bay leaf, and roasted herbs, it is dominated by black currants, kirsch, earth, and flowers. The wine has fresh porcini mushroom and forest floor notes reminiscent of a grand cru from Burgundy’s Morey St.-Denis. Full-bodied, rich, and impressive, this wine should drink well for at least 12-15 years. (RP)  (8/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lush and immediately attractive, this Pinot seduces the palate with ripe berry, cola, herb tea, vanilla and spice flavors and lots of toasty oak. It's a silky wine, with a fancy structure that calls for fine food. But it's also young, with a precocious feeling. Try holding until 2010, and it should develop through 2015.  (12/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Dried cherry and illicit herbs on the nose, with suave floral and smoky mineral qualities adding complexity. Tightly wound redcurrant and cherry flavors are underscored by dusty minerals and given grip by fine-grained tannins. Finishes brisk and spicy, with a strong note of botanical herbs. This reminded me of a traditional Morey Saint-Denis. (JR)  (11/2008)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is clearly riper yet remains fresh and bright with stem and floral red berry fruit aromas that are followed by rich, full and relatively big flavors underpinned by ripe tannins and fine length as well as solid depth. There is some warmth and this doesn't have the same energy and sense of vibrancy as the best in the range but it manages to carry its alcohol with reasonable grace. Solid rather than sensational.  (10/2008)

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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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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.