2014 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
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)
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)
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.
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.