2016 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1326359 96 points Bob Campbell

 Supple, fruity Pinot Noir with distinct violet, red rose, dark cherry, spice, anise and thyme characters. A silken-textured wine with a long and seamless finish. Very approachable now but promises to develop well with bottle age.  (1/2018)

96 points Raymond Chan

 Ruby-red colour, a little lighter on edge with slight garnet hues. The aromatics are softly full and quite ethereal, with an array of dark red cherry and berry fruits with fragrant florals. On plate elegant and vibrant with tightly bound and intense flavours of black-red berries and dark cherries, the palate is quite refined with velvety textures and ripe acidity, unveiling mineral elements. This is a beautiful and refined rendition of ‘Calvert’.

93 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy cherry and blackberry notes have an appealing velvety texture, with pops of black pepper, dried lavender and sage, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 2,164 cases made. (MW)  (10/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 This has less charm and more punch than the Cornish Point. Plenty of earthy dark-fruited strength, some bold, darker plum-cherry flavors and quite expansive build into the finish. A full-flavored and assertive Pinot Noir.  (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made with 25% whole clusters, the 2016 Calvert Pinot Noir is floral and herbal up front, with distinct rose petal and thyme aromas. Red berries take charge on the palate, although there's a resinous herbal note from start to finish. This medium-bodied wine is supple enough to be approachable now, but it has the concentration to age through 2025. (JC)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
It's always a pleasure to taste through a set of Pinot Noir as delicious, well made and iconic as those from Felton Road. Calvert shows balanced red fruit flavors, terrific presence and an overall balance that maybe makes it the front runner of these 2016 bottlings. At least it did before moving on to the Cornish Point. It's tough to pick a favorite in this strong set of Pinot Noirs, a testament to the quality of work that Felton Road is doing. Highly recommended Pinot Noir.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2018 | Send Email
The Calvert is always my favorite from Felton, but often it feels a bit shut down when we taste it young. Not so with this new vintage which was extremely expressive although obviously in the very beginning stages of what will be an extremely intriguing life lasting at least 10+ years here. This is top tier Pinot for $40 and while I hesitate to compare it to Burgundy since it really exists as a singular expression of the best Otago has to offer, I think its representative of the commitment to quality that the best producers of the finest burgundy put into their wine. The nose starts with shrubby black growing growing on some craggly limestone cliff. Dark and brooding but with tons of nuance. Subtle hints of flinty fireworks exploding in the distance. On the palate, it's powerful structure is balanced by deep red fruit, wild leafy herbaceous quality and a big soft tannin. An absolute UNIT!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Full of a savory nose of cherry, mint and violet tones, the Calvert is on point with its purity and suave structure. Drinking like a Pommard with a full palate and lusty earthy tones this has great structure and has immediate appeal. An even better wine with just a few years down awaits you.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Viticulture and vinification at Felton Road stay pretty consistent for all their wines offering Biodynamic viticulture, gravity fed pressings and well executed oak use. The Calvert Pinot Noir is an elegant wine aged 17 months with expressive floral notes and initial toasty notes that are reminiscent of Thanksgiving around the fireplace. Nice delicate cinnamon, cloves, ripe, black cherries and violets. The aromatics translate very nicely onto the palate and are very similar. Spiced cherries with well-balanced oak/toast. This wine is no joke and is sure to be an Autumn favorite. The Felton Road Pinot Noirs offer up good complexity and value and are surprisingly approachable.
Drink from 2018 to 2023

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Always the most coiled and dense of Felton's Pinots but the one that is most sure to provide a decade plus of drinking pleasure. Earthy, dark fruit, wild herbs, thyme and sage. A lovely bramble quality combining juicy, ripe, berry fruits and wild hedgerow notes. Lovely balance of fruit and savory. The tannis are nicely managed but this wine clearly will continue to unfurl and become even more impressive with more years in the bottle.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2018 | Send Email
The Felton Road "Calvert" displays beautiful, unique characteristics that set it apart from the others offered by the winery. Spice and strength dominate this one, with savory characters edging over fruity ones. The 25% whole cluster is definitely felt in the mouthfeel, but the wine is still light bodied and elegant. Not as deep and dark fruited as the Cornish Point, this one is more precise and punchy. It's exciting to see such a range of offerings from Felton Road, all quite different from the others, yet all incredibly delicious and sophisticated.
Top Value!

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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.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5