2005 Calera "Jensen" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1083083 95 points 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)  (8/2009)

94 points Vinous

 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)  (9/2015)

92 points 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.  (10/2008)

92 points 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)  (12/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (6/2008)

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.  (12/2008)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

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."

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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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