2015 Calera "40th Anniversary Vintage" Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1365808 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The keenly priced 2015 Pinot Noir 40th Anniversary Vintage from Calera is lovely, wafting from the glass with youthfully complex aromas of potpourri, cherries, strawberry and spice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, expansive and velvety, with a succulent core of fruit, melting tannins and a long, tangy finish. Enjoy this delicious offering now or over the coming decade. This was an interesting set of releases from this venerable Central Coast winery, founded by the pioneering Josh Jensen and acquired in August last year by the Duckhorn Wine Company. Several of the wines reviewed here offer great value, above all the 2015 Pinot Noir Central Coast ($28). (WK)  (6/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The classic Central Coast 2015 Pinot Noir is absolutely worth your time and money, and readers looking for window into the style at Calera need to check it out. It offers terrific notes of rose petals, sappy green herbs, sweet cherries and raspberries in a spicy, supple, forward and delicious style. It's already hard to resist, yet it has the classic Calera fine tannin structure, and is going to keep for at least 3-5 years.  (5/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 From six vineyards across the Central Coast, Josh Jensen's annual cuvée shows black cherry, cola and nutmeg on the straight-ahead nose. Solid herbal backbone shows on the sip, with juniper, bay leaf and pine needles giving tang to the sour cranberry fruit. A menthol character carries in to the finish. (MK)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The bouquet possesses a lovely mix of richness, fruit and savory like blackberry pie; quite comforting. On the palate we find intriguing hints of pink rose, briar, red currant, violets and spice; this Pinot has an alluring silky texture with deep flavors of black cherry, baking spice and a whisper of licorice. It’s nicely structured and lingers beautifully on the finish. The fourth year of a drought gave us very low yields across California, resulting in wines with great depth and concentration. 2015 was the earliest and fastest harvest ever for us here at Calera. After hand harvesting, the grapes were fermented with native yeast in small open-top fermenters. After fourteen days, the wines were pressed, settled over night, and then moved to Calera’s barrel cellar. The wine was aged without racking, in French oak barrels, 10% new, for eleven months. The individual barrel lots were combined prior to bottling."

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2018 | Send Email
Calera has always been at the top of my list for amazingly priced, classic, varietally correct Central Coast Pinot Noirs! This wonderful old-world style pinot noir is the perfect example of how beautifully elegant California pinot noir can be when treated with the right subtlety and tact. Pure notes of pomegranate, bright cherry and ripe raspberry perfectly complement the spicier, warm, savory flavors that materialize on the finish.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2018 | Send Email
Josh Jensen's Calera Pinot Noir has long been one of my favorites in the price range and his 2015 is really impressive. Thanks to very low yields, this is an especially rich and complex wine with loads of spiced red fruit flavors, ample weight and acidity that drinks nicely but will cellars for a few years as well. This is an outstanding pick for Pinot Noir lovers.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2018 | Send Email
Calera have definitely smashed it out of the park with this 2015 anniversary release of Pinot Noir! What a way to celebrate this California icon's 40th Birthday! This stunning bottling is made up of fruit sourced from some of the very best Pinot Noir vineyards on the central coast including: Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre and Soloman Hills. Fruit from these top quality sources are typically reserved for most winery's vineyard designate releases that generally sell for $40-$60...but here the Calera team have expertly blended these parcels into a seamless expression of coastal California Pinot Noir. 2015 was a small but super high quality vintage and this wine shows it. Exotic berry fruits, Asian spice, bramble notes, hints of forest floor and dried Porcini. The palate is generous with succulent fruit, velvety tannins and juicy acidity. In the finish stony minerals and more savory nuances fade in and out with the bramble fruits and subtle spice. Such a complete and expressive wine that truly shows Calera's masterful handling of Pinot Noir. With all the press on this wine and its incredibly reasonable price point there is sure to be plenty of buzz around it. We're taking everything we can get our hands on...I encourage you to do the same and I'm confident you won't be disappointed.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
The nose or this wine is full of a wild, gamy character that then opens into bits of strawberry and hints of earth, very complex for this price point Pinot. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with a smooth, supple feel but this isn’t a highly polished wine it feels natural, fresh and real. The flavors show bits of earth and leather but those flavors are well integrated to the supple fruit. The finish shows good acidity, nice balance and the flavors hold true throughout. This is a really wonderful wine, try it with roasted chicken, and I’d make sure it was cellar temperature.
Drink from 2018 to 2021

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
Calera's Central Coast Pinot Noir is always a fantastic bottle that won't break the bank. With a lot of concentration and depth from the 2015 vintage, this Pinot Noir has richness of fruit with a bit of savory and spice notes as well. The palate has lovely floral and blackberry notes and a nice structure that can hold up in the cellar for a few years, but this is drinking fantastically now. Get this awesome value while you can!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
I was really impressed by the quality of this Pinot from long-established winery Calera. Lots of minerality here really sets this wine apart from others of the region. The elegance of the wine should come as no surprise given the great set of well-known vineyards this bottling comes from. A unique blend of fruit from Santa Barbara up to Monterey comes together to make a wine unlike any other on the Domestic shelf. There is a slightly riper flavor profile here, but there is a lift as well, which keeps the balance on point. A lighter style Pinot, but incredibly expressive at the same time.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2018 | Send Email
I really like the style of this Pinot Noir: bright fruit, generous but texturally light, refreshing, delicious. while it does not include fruit from the Calera estate, it does include some serious central coast vineyard site, including Bien Nacido, amongst others. For under $25, you won't do much better for Pinot Noir from anywhere. Great stuff!

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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

- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5