2006 Calera "Selleck Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1050410 94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A strikingly elegant, pure and complex nose that is restrained and understated offers floral, red berry, spice and an herbal hint that merges seamlessly into concentrated and rich medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate fat and superb length. It's rare to find a 2006 that has both richness and delineation all while retaining the fine balance that great wines have. This should be really impressive in 8 years or so, in fact, it's already impressive but there is more to come.  (7/2009)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Selleck is one of the first vineyards Josh Jensen planted in the limestone soils on the high slopes of Mount Harlan in the mid-1970s. As is typical of young vintages from Selleck, this '06 is shy when first poured, its flavors muted by firm mineral structure and brisk acidity. It gains depth with air, flavors of ripe cherry and fresh mint melding into an impressive structure. Built for the cellar, this will become more expressive and elegant in five to eight years.  (10/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Not quite up there with the ’05, but certainly better than the ’04, this wine shows softly ripe flavors of cherries, raspberries and red currants, with complexities of mocha, vanilla, bacon, pepper and sandalwood. Beautiful now and for the next 3–5 years.  (12/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a 4.8 parcel of vines planted in pure limestone soils, the medium ruby-hued 2006 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard exhibits notes of tomato skins, red cherries, and pomegranates, medium body, and more staying power and length than any of the previous cuvees. Nevertheless, it is a relatively lightweight effort for Calera. (RP)  (8/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Supple and fleshy up front, with black cherry, plum and a dash of cumin. Balanced and easy-drinking, with sour cherry and anise, but ends a bit clipped. (JL)  (9/2009)

K&L Notes

Calera’s vineyards soar at an average of 2,200 feet above sea level and are cooled by the direct flow of cold marine air off the Pacific Ocean through the Monterey Bay coast, towards the upper elevations of the Gavilan Mountain range and Mt. Harlan. The elevation further moderates the climate in what many expect would be a hot growing region reducing the temperature about three degrees for every 1,000 feet of height in elevation.

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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

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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 (%): 14.12
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