2013 Calera "Reed" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1256367 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a vineyard that Josh Jensen planted in 1975 comes this bottling that shows sultry black plum, minty herbs, tarragon, black slate, smashed mulberry and a touch of pork fat. A wondrous array of baked red and black fruit meet with clove, nutmeg, more tarragon and minty flavors on the palate too, producing delicious, dynamic flavor. It's like an expertly cooked stew of fruit, spice and herb. (MK)  (9/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Calera's 2013 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard is a beauty, and one of the standout vintages of this cuvee. Harvested on October 8th and 9th, with a scant 1.14 tons per acre, and aged 17 months in 30% French oak, its light ruby color is followed by a sweet, perfumed bouquet of sassafras, mint, sweet cherries and dried flowers. This cooler site always imparts a lively, sappy, almost green note, but it's always balanced by a solid core of fruit. Medium-bodied, supple, elegant and silky, it has tons of charm, no hard edges and should evolve nicely on its overall balance. Pulling from his estate vineyards located east of Monterey, in San Benito County and the Mount Harlan AVA, winemaker Josh Jenson can seemingly do no wrong. He produces beautiful whites and reds that are singular and packed with flavor. All of his 2013s are classic wines. (JD)  (8/2016)

93 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard is one of the most unique wines in this range. Its powerful, incisive, savory personality is quite distinctive, to say the least. Intense chalk notes meld into blood orange, mint, cranberry and white pepper. Today, the Reed is not as outwardly charming as some of the other wines. The acidity is high and the searing tannins need at least a few years to soften. There is no shortage of intrigue, that is for sure. 93+ points. One of the things that separates world-class wineries from the merely excellent is consistency across the entire range. That is exactly what readers will find at Calera. I can't think of any of these wines I would not want to drink any day of the week. Simply put, Josh Jensen and his team at Calera have done a remarkable job with these new releases... The single-vineyard Pinots all show the intensity and stress of severe drought year. Calera's Mt. Harlan vineyard is a unique site that is rugged and remote, yet somehow manages to produce distinctive, pedigreed wines even under difficult conditions. Simply put, readers won't go wrong with any of these wines. I can't recommend Calera's new releases highly enough. (AG)  (7/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and spicy, with floral and wilted rose scents and a core of chalky, dusty earth. The core of red and dark berry fruit rises to the forefront and gains depth and persistence. Most impressive on the long and layered aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. (JL)  (9/2016)

K&L Notes

Calera's Reed vineyard was planted in 1975 on Mt. Harlan, which is east of the Monterey Bay at an elevation of 2000 feet. Their single vineyard Pinot Noirs regularly score in the mid to high 90s with a range of major publications. From Antonio Galloni writing for Vinous: "Since his debut vintage in 1978, Josh Jensen has shown he has the magic touch with Pinot Noir at Calera." (9/2015) According to the winery: "Reed is our most unique Pinot Noir vineyard on Mt Harlan and the 2013 vintage gave us a special alluring intensity. This block consistently shows fascinating notes of sassafras, Chinese five spice, horehound, red plum, and distinct minerality. With its signature seductive, graceful, savory texture and super fine-grained tannin structure, the accents of earth, leather, pomegranate, dried cherry, white pepper and sage are further enhanced and continue on through the finish."

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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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