2012 Calera "Ryan" Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

SKU #1190871 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From one of the cooler terroirs on the estate, the 2012 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard offers full-bodied richness and depth to go with ample sweet black cherries, cassis, sassafras, crushed flowers and toasted spice. A decidedly hedonistic, full throttled example of this cuvee, this superb Pinot Noir firms up nicely on the finish and has a full, layered mid-palate. (JD)  (8/2015)

93 points Vinous

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard is one of the more laid-back Pinots in this range, with expressive aromatics pushed forward, while the fruit lies more in the background. Sage, mint, lavender and violet overtones grace the mid-weight, subtle finish. Ryan is the highest elevation parcel on the estate's ranch. After internships at Dujac and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Josh Jensen returned to his native California in search of vineyard land on limestone soils. Jensen found what he was looking for high atop Mount Harlan, a rugged, hillside property outside Hollister. In the mid-1970s Jensen began developing the land. The resulting vineyards, all of which lie on the same property, give birth to some of the most compelling California Pinots and Chardonnays readers will come across. Given his Burgundian leanings, Jensen vinifies all of this Pinots with 100% whole clusters, with the exception of the de Villiers, which is usually rendered with 50% stems. The 2012 Pinots are fleshy, open and seductive, which is to say very much in the style of the year. Calera fans can also look forward to a complete retrospective of the Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir, which I tasted all the way back to the inaugural 1978 vintage during a recent visit to the winery. (AG)  (6/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nose on this wine is both subtle and deep, showing dried rose petals, cherry kirsch, black currants and a hint of elderberry. It’s silky once sipped, with licorice, mocha and dark raspberry all set against tart cherry-skin tannins that give plenty of structure for aging. *Cellar Selection* (MK)  (7/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Tightly wound, with a firm mix of snappy dark berry, gravel, cedar and limestone, featuring fine-grained tannins that keep the flavors on the palate, giving them traction and persistence. Needs time. (JL)  (4/2015)

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