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2017 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $28)

SKU #1449448 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast comes from multiple vineyards throughout the Central Coast and has a touch of the elegance and purity found in the top cuvées. Impressive black raspberry fruits, white flowers, spice, and a subtle salty minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It's well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This blend from sites across the Central Coast carries all the expert hallmarks of the brand, from ripe fruit to earthy spice. Tightly wound aromas of pomegranate, berry, soil and star anise lead into a crisp yet savory palate of raspberry and deep cherry. Pinches of dried sage and thyme linger on the finish. *Editors’ Choice* (MK) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aged 10 months in 10% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast has a pale to medium ruby color and open, inviting aromas of wild blackberries, oolong tea leaves, dried cranberries and cherries with touches of underbrush, charcuterie, dried flowers and earth. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a firm, finely grained frame and earth-laced fruits, finishing with lovely freshness and spice. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

Sourced from some of the very best Pinot Noir vineyards in California (including Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills, and Garys’), Calera’s Central Coast Pinot is a perennial favorite, and the 2017 release may be their best effort ever. It’s hard to believe they can make this wine for under $30. Then factor in our extra special price that takes another 30-plus percent off that, and you have one of the finest value Pinot Noirs on the planet. And it’s got the critical acclaim to prove it!


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2020 | Send Email
Calera is one of the most legendary producers in California. After spending time exploring the wine regions of Europe (including a stint at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti or DRC) in the early 1970's, founder Josh Jensen returned to California determined to produce world-class Pinot Noir. He bought the high-elevation site on the slopes of Mt. Harlan for its limestone rich soils. The rest is history. Calera has produced some of the most high touted bottlings of Pinot Noir ever to be made in California. With the help of Mike Waller (winemaker for the past decade) the wines have seldom faltered in four decades. In 2017 a new chapter began for Calera when Josh sold the company to Duckhorn. Thankfully the Duckhorn folks know a thing or two about great vineyards and winemaking and the wines continue to flourish under new ownership and the seasoned Waller is still at the helm in the cellar. Now to this wine specifically, the first Pinot released in the new era, and what a stunner. This is hands down the best Central Coast bottling I've tasted from Calera in 10 years. The quality of the fruit from vineyards such as Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills and Garys' to name but a few, is all seamlessly woven into a very complete bottle of wine that has to be one of the best values in the WORLD of Pinot Noir. Our razor sharp price compounds that fact making this a true must buy. Very impressive stuff.
Top Value!

By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2020 | Send Email
Light to medium-bodied with supple hints of cherries. The tannins are grippier than I would've imagined and I suspect this is what I like to call a "Day Two Wine." That's a wine that blossoms as it breathes and really comes to life.
Drink from 2020 to 2025

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2020 | Send Email
Just the fainest hint of spice edges the ripe fruit and dark green botanical undertones of this killer bottle of wine. Rich in a more sophisticated way than I maybe expected from their declassified offerings, this is clearly still Calera, but has a good bit of universality to it. The meaty, saline finish has a nice length and is just incredible pleasant. Pairs wonderfully with an afternoon in Golden Gate Park and soft goat cheese

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