2003 Calera "Selleck" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1064889 94 points Wine & Spirits

 If you prize subtlety in pinot noir, you'll want this in your cellar. Selleck is one of the first vineyards Josh Jensen planted on Mt. Harlan in 1975; this plot sits at about 1,200 feet on a steep, very stony, south-facing slope. In 2003, it gave a wine that's herbal at first, but the vegetal tones quickly evaporate, leaving a delicate raspberry flavor. The evolution slows, taking hours to show off layers of minerals, a marine element, a dark, smoky length. It's more about savory earth tones than direct fruitiness, and has the inner strength to live and evolve for ten years or more.  (4/2007)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 You’ll fall in love with this Pinot right away for its softly luscious flavors and balanced harmony. The cherries and raspberries taste like they came from gorgeously ripe fruit, baked into a delicious pie. Yet somehow the wine stays dry and elegant, due in part to its acidity.  (6/2007)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A high-toned and slightly vegetal nose that reflects floral and intense red berry fruit aromas leads to rich, full and intense middle weight flavors that offer solid depth and intensity, all wrapped in a slightly chewy but long finish. This will clearly be capable of aging and the only nit at present is a touch of backend warmth.  (10/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale rust. Very attractive bouquet and sweet mushroomy notes on the palate with real vitality. Racy. Really appetising. Beginning, middle and end to this wine. 17/20 points. (JR)  (6/2011)

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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.