2014 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1272616 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers looking for a classic, incredibly well made Pinot Noir to buy by the case should look no further than Josh's 2014 Pinot Noir from the Central Coast AVA. Supple, sexy, seamless and elegant, with classic Calera notes of raspberries, mulled cherries, spice and dried soil, it has no hard edges, a core of sweet fruit and a beautiful finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. I'm sure it will keep for 4-5 years (probably longer), but there's no need to delay gratification. Don't miss this fabulous effort and bravo to the Calera team for delivering this level of quality at the price. 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)

91 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Coast) is both impeccable and absolutely delicious. Sweet, floral and open-knit, the Central Coast is also a fabulous introduction to the Calera house style. Beautifully perfumed and gracious, the 2014 offers striking aromatics and plenty of bright fruit to match its mid-weight, chiseled personality. (AG)  (7/2016)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Josh Jensen’s relatively humble Central Coast bottling is particularly good in 2014. The fruit comes mostly from Monterey and Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, including blue-chip vineyards like Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley and Doctor’s in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Its plump, sunny texture and green edges cohere into a leafy red strawberry flavor that’s appetizing and refreshing, cool and warm at once.  (6/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 Relatively light in the glass, this blend of nine vineyards from up and down the coast shows savory baked plum, cardamom dust, earthy cranberry, bay leaf and smoked meat on the nose. It’s medium bodied on the palate and very down-the-middle flavor-wise, with cranberry, oregano and thyme elements.  (8/2016)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
Dark purple fruit, balance, generosity, easy drinking goodness - what else does one need?...bada bing!

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
This Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir is consistently one of the, if not the, best "entry level" Pinots in the game! Sourced from incredible vineyards across the coast (Bien Naciedo, Laetitia, Solomon Hills among others), this Pinot shows fresh picked cranberry and Bing cherry, pretty herbal notes, and mild toast on the finish. Both of the central coast offerings in 2014 are incredibly strong and not to be missed!
Top Value!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2016 | Send Email
For their 2014 vintage, Calera received Pinot Noir from some of best vineyards sites along the central coast and you can definitely tell. On the nose, this wine is full of aromatic red berries, rose petals and spices along with an earthy mid-palette bringing this wine to another level of complexity. The juicy and savory elements balance each other very nicely and I can't wait to pair this with a salmon or pork dish!

By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2016 | Send Email
One of the greatest Pinot producers delivering a great value for under $30. While light in color, there is definitely a full-bodied mouthfeel to this wine. Floral and spice notes on the nose give this wine an interesting complexity before the first sip. There are hints of red cherries and cranberries with a nice clean finish. Definitely worth adding to your Pinot lineup.

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Varietal:

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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United States

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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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