2005 Calera "Jensen" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My favorite from Calera is usually the Jensen Vineyard, and the 2005 Pinot Noir Jensen is prodigious. Complex notes of sweet plum, pomegranate, and cherry are followed by subtle wood smoke, forest floor, underbrush, and sauteed mushrooms. This broad, complex, full-bodied wine has stunning concentration, length, and richness. Very primary and young, it seems to have at least 15 years of aging ahead of it. This is a very impressive wine from Calera, as is the 2005 vintage overall. (RP)
The 2005 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is one of the most powerful, tannic wines in this vertical. Blood orange, pomegranate, spice, white pepper, mint and game give the wine its pungent personality, while the firm tannins convey an impression of power. Although the 2005 is not especially refined, it is striking in its beauty and sheer depth. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A pure, elegant, airy and intensely floral red berry fruit nose precedes supple, intense, detailed and beautifully delineated middle weight flavors that display a lovely trace of minerality and excellent depth and length. This is Burgundian in its acid/fruit/mineral balance and the form and shape of the flavors is perhaps the most site specific of any of the wines in the Calera range. Recommended.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light red. Ripe raspberry and cherry aromas, with subtle, smoky floral and herbal notes. Dry and focused, offering lightly chewy redcurrant and black raspberry flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerals. The floral quality repeats on the finish, which is admirably precise and persistent. This became sweeter and more floral with air, picking up exotic spicecake and candied cherry character. (JR)
Tightly wound, with a savory medley of dried berry, black cherry, herb and spice flavors, picking up a nice mineral-pebble flavor on the finish and ending with firm, gripping tannins. (JL)
Wine & Spirits
Initially hidden behind a black tannic structure, this shows sweet red cherry flavors with air. The tannins become briny, with a black tea edge.
This is the biggest, ripest, most Californian of Calera’s new ’05s. It has delicious berry, orange tea, spice and vanilla flavors, and is very dry, but also quite soft. There’s not a whole lot of structure. It may be going through an awkward phase. Could surprise over the years, as previous Caleras have.
From the winery: "Producing great wine is our number one priority and very simply put, there are no compromises. There was no question in Josh Jensen’s mind that he would plant his first grapes on limestone-rich soil, and so began his quest to find the perfect site to produce a California wine to rival the best French burgundies. This site turned out to be a barely accessible mountainside in the central part of the state, but now more than 35 years later and in spite of prevailing opinion that Pinot Noir grapes could not be successfully grown in the U.S., Calera is a symbol of perseverance and grace, and remains a true pioneer in California Pinot Noir."