2011 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Calera’s 2011 Pinot Noir Central Coast wafts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries and mint. This is a fairly laid-back vintage for the wine, with less of the pure breed of the 2009 and 2010, but frankly that may be an unfair comparison as those wines were superb over achievers. The 2011 is more an inline performer. The tense, saline finish laced with pretty floral and spiced notes is lovely. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. Calera is clearly not in Napa Valley, but these current and upcoming releases are deserving of serious attention, hence their inclusion here.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid red. Fresh, spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by deeper licorice and black tea elements. Lively and precise in the mouth, with a gentle smokiness to its zesty red fruit and rose pastille flavors. Tightens up on the finish, leaving notes of succulent herbs and bitter cherry behind. Nicely balanced and focused pinot, with sneaky sweetness building with aeration.
Information from Calera : Each year Calera purchases Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from growers throughout the Central Coast Region of California to be made into Calera's two Central Coast wines. The vineyard sources for these wines have remained fairly consistent, however small quantities of fruit from new or newly available vineyards are included almost every year, with a constant eye toward the best possible quality. The Pinot Noir comes from: Arroyo Seco Vineyard - Monterey County, San Ysidro Vineyard - Santa Clara County, Besson Vineyard - Santa Clara County, Cienega Valley Vineyards - San Benito County, Doctor's Vineyard - Monterey County, Gimelli Vineyards - San Benito County, Laetitia Vineyard - San Luis Obispo County, Los Alamos Vineyard - Santa Barbara County, Mt. Harlan Vineyard - San Benito County, Sheid Vineyard - Monterey County, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - Monterey County, Talley Vineyard - San Luis Obispo County, and Windward Vineyard- San Luis Obispo County