2002 Calera "Reed Vineyard" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1023401 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* There are Pinots that are darker in color and fuller in body in California, but few approach this bottling in complexity or apparent ageability. The airy, silky texture holds a wealth of flavors, ranging from red cherries, pomegranates, rhubarb and espresso to cola and vanilla spice.  (7/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 There's a sense of refinement to this wine's arc of red raspberry flavor, a brisk feel that's balanced between lightness and depth. The tannin's earthy savor lasts with the brighter berry notes. Serve it with roast Cornish game hens stuffed with wild mushrooms.  (6/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Notes of sassafras, damp earth, plums, Allspice, cinnamon, and beet root jump from the glass of the dark ruby-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard. Distinctively earth and spice-driven, it possesses abundant underlying fruit, an excellent texture, fine purity, and moderate tannin. (RP)  (8/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very Burgundian in its character and style. Firm and well-structured, with a tight band of spice, wild berry and raspberry fruit supported by lively acidity and herb-tinged tannins. A hint of mineral and limestone shows through on the finish.  (6/2006)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An exceptionally high-toned but not candied red Pinot fruit nose combines with sweet, round and precise barely medium weight flavors that offer good complexity and a nicely intense finish. This is relatively forward and supple and is already approachable ...  (7/2006)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* If we have a slight preference for this bottling relative to its mate below, it is by a fairly modest margin. The wine focuses on the distinctly ripe cherry fruit at its heart and is full-bodied with a rounded and velvety feel before firming up a touch and picking up a puckery edge in the late going that may well age out with a few years of cellar time.  (6/2006)

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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.

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.


- 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.