2001 Calera "Reed Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I tasted four 2001 Calera Pinot Noirs, including the 2001 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard (a 4.4 acre parcel) whose light ruby color could cause it to be mistaken for a rose. Notions of sassafras, earth, kirsch liqueur, and spice emerge from this delicate, but authoritatively flavorful, medium-bodied, spicy Pinot. Reminiscent of a premier cru from the Cotes de Beaune, it should be consumed over the next 7-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium brick-red. High-toned nose initially dominated by nutty oak and marzipan; grew fresher with air, showing spicy redcurrant, strawberry, raspberry and underbrush. Penetrating, tactile and dry, with slightly saline flavors of strawberry, minerals and tobacco. Not especially fleshy but complex and intriguing pinot, with a moderate-for-California 13. 5% alcohol.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An expressive nose that is already displaying the initial hints of secondary fruit character mix with earth and underbrush notes is followed by detailed and slightly edgy flavors that offer solid definition and good length. This is a wine for the medium term and should offer the potential to improve for the next 3 to 5 years even though with air, it could be approached now. Pretty if not profound.
Similar to Calera’s Jensen bottling, a youthful, tough wine with cherry, cola and oak flavors and high acids and tannins. Not showing well now, although it has plenty of finesse. Best to age it for a few years.
REED (4.4 ACRES) Grape: Pinot Noir Soil: Deepest and darkest soil, was a forest, more clay and Northern exposure, slow to ripen Exposure: Upper and lower blocks, North and Northeast facing Fruit: Last to ripen annually Age: Planted 1975 History: Named after William (Bill) G. Reed, Sr. one of Josh’s original partners and investors and a close friend Style: Forward and aromatic, lighter and somewhat exotic with exceptional softness on the palate