2013 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1191225 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (3/2015)

91 points 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)  (8/2015)

90 points 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.  (4/2015)

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)  (6/2015)


 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)  (1/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
Exceptional value for money in Pinot. Sourced from great vineyards all around the Central Coast...the back label reads like a whos-who of growers from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. Put this together with the decades of experience Calera have on hand makes this one of the best, most consistent deals in sub-$30 CA Pinot.
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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2015 | Send Email
This Pinot is full of cool, brooding black cherry fruit and framed by high quality savory flavors. It is great to see a wine of such depth and character at this price in the current Pinot Noir market. Calera has delivered richness, power and length for a fair price with this excellent wine.

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3