2001 Calera "Reed Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1106859 90 points 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.  (8/2005)

90 points 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.  (2/2005)

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.  (7/2005)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/2005)

K&L Notes

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

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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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