2007 Calera "Reed" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
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.
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)