2007 Calera "Reed" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1060931 95 points Wine & Spirits

 Pinot noir vines like limestone and they've found it on Mt. Harlan, the site of a 19th century limestone quarry. The vines at Reed, a 4.4-acre vineyard planted in 1975, grow on a north- to northeast-facing hillside and are among the last to ripen at Calera. That soil and exposition create a wine of delicate power, its complex aroma touching on fennel seed, tarragon and wild raspberries. The fresh herbal character smells like the hillsides of Mt. Harlan, while the tannic structure is marked by the limestone soils. A trumpet blare of terroir, this is an awesome wine.  (4/2011)

K&L Notes

91 points from Robert Parker: "From a northeast-facing, cool climate vineyard, the 2007 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard comes from a 4.4-acre vineyard planted in 1975 (one of California’s oldest Pinot Noir sites). Although it displays a light, somewhat feeble color, it is a complex Pinot offering vegetative, autumnal fall foliage, mushroom, herb, and spice box characteristics intermixed with notions of sassafras, cherry, and plum-like fruit. My least favorite of these offerings, it should drink well for 8-10 years. This may be the strongest group of wines Calera has produced in many years. From their less expensive whites through the generic and single vineyard Pinot Noirs, this remarkable portfolio showcases this idiosyncratic terroir isolated on Mt. Harlan. For starters, Calera has once again made the finest Aligote in America." (08/10) 91 points and Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "Brings to mind the 2001 bottling, which originally was also pale in color, tightly wound and firm in acidity. Like it, this '07 is not showing well now. It seems dry and thin and lacking opulence, especially if you're accustomed to the big California style. But it's true to its terroir, and the way it grows in the glass lends itself to developing over the next 6-10 years." (12/10) According to Wine Spectator: "Light in color and medium-bodied, offering spicy strawberry, cherry and plum notes that taper off on the finish, ending with a candied note. Drink now through 2015. 190 cases made." (11/10)

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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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