2013 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Savory, earthy aromas of mushrooms, black pepper, iron and cranberry arise from this blend of nine vineyards, many of which are usually featured in single-vineyard selections. Umami rules the palate, and it’s quite full for a lighter-colored wine, with brown spice, light red fruit flavors and expertly balanced acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from a number of vineyards spread throughout the Central Coast (30% from Laetitia Vineyard, which is the largest component), the 2013 Pinot Noir Central Coast spent 11 months in 10% new French oak prior to bottling. It has a light ruby color to go with perfumed, spice-filled notes of red flowers, sweet cherries, rose petal and sassafras. Beautiful on the palate, with a light, airy feel, plenty of acidity and a great finish, this should represent a super value and drink well for 4-5 years. These latest 2013s from Josh Jenson were superb across the board and at the top-end were some of the most impressive Pinot Noirs I was able to taste for this report.(JD)
Wine & Spirits
Josh Jensen makes this wine from vineyards throughout the Central Coast, from his own estate on Mt. Harlan to Monterey and as far south as Santa Barbara. The 2013 is particularly successful, a floral wine with a breezy pink grapefruit and red raspberry tang, the flavors fresh, polished and lasting. It’s completely clean and ready to drink.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A relatively high-toned nose is composed primarily of softly spiced red cherry that displays background nuances of raspberry and lavender. The delicious and attractively vibrant middle weight flavors possess a sleek and well-detailed mouth feel, all wrapped in a reasonably complex and persistent finish...(AM)
Calera's 2013 Pinot Noir is quite pretty, lifted and expressive. In this vintage, savory and floral overtones dominate over some of the more overt, fruit-driven notes that are often found in this bottling. The 2013 is made from a number of top Central Coast sites, some of which are vineyard designate bottlings at other wineries. Once again, Calera has turned out a delicious Pinot Noir that overachieves for its very modest price point. Calera is best known for their single-vineyard Pinots, but their entry-level offerings may be even more remarkable, as it is here where the estate delivers both superb quality and value to the consumer. In particular, the various Central Coast appellation wines are a steal. I can't recommend these new releases highly enough. (AG)