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October 01, 2014
CALERA: SOME OF CALIFORNIA'S BEST PINOTS

"Readers who want to experience the finest Pinot Noirs being made in California should put Calera at or near the top of their lists." - The Wine Advocate

There aren't a lot of Pinot Noir producers in California who can claim that they have been doing it for almost four decades. In fact, we can't think of anyone else who has been doing it for as long as Calera. You see, Pinot was frowned upon by California's wine culture in the '70s, and it didn't really have a tremendous popularity until this past decade. However, Josh Jensen (Calera's founder) remained a true believer even though his family and friends thought he was crazy and clueless.

His passion for Pinot peaked after working two harvests in Burgundy: The first was at the world's most famous Burgundy estate, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and the second was with another legendary Pinot producer, Domaine Dujac. Josh was determined to find the best terroir in California for Pinot Noir, and he was convinced that limestone soil was essential. After poring himself over geological maps, he purchased his first property in 1975 on Mount Harlan in San Benito County.

Today Calera is among the best producers of California Pinot Noir. James Laube of Wine Spectator describes Calera Pinots as "among the most distinctive in California, admired far and wide for their deliberate style and authenticity." Even Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac says, "When you drink wine that is 10 to 15 years old, my feeling is that the only one that can compete with the best Burgundies is Calera."

Our offer today features the latest release from Calera. Their entry-level bottlings are some of the best values on the market today. As you can see, they have all been numerically approved by the press, and the verbiage speaks highly about the wines with praises such as "a superb value" and "buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years."

In addition, we've included Calera's very limited single-vineyard Pinots, which are well worth the investment. Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate writes, "Looking at the 2011 Pinot Noirs specifically, they show the best of the cooler vintage and are gorgeous wines." Clearly there are no weak links here, but rather just a dilemma of which bottling to stock up on. They said Josh was crazy when he went out to Mount Harlan, and apparently he's "crazy like a fox."

CALERA 2012 PINOT NOIR CENTRAL COAST
score: WA 90
AG 90

add to cart $23.99   add a case $287.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "The only 2012 Pinot Noir I was able to taste, the straight 2012 Pinot Noir Central Coast is 95% destemmed and spent 11 months in 10% new French oak. A superb value, it gives up ripe berry fruits, flowers, underbrush and rose petal-like nuances in a medium-bodied, ripe, textured and balanced profile. It’s a knockout quaffer to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years."
CALERA 2013 VIN GRIS OF PINOT NOIR ROSE CENTRAL COAST
score: WA 90
AG 90

add to cart $14.99   add a case $179.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is gorgeous. Coming from a saignee of Pinot Noir, it offers up a pretty, lively bouquet of tart cherries, watermelon and subtle flowers to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and focused feel on the palate. Possessing both richness and freshness, it can stand on its own nicely, but will also shine at the dinner table."

Antonio Galloni writes in ... read more

CALERA 2012 CHARDONNAY CENTRAL COAST
score: WA 90

add to cart $14.99   add a case $179.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "Calera’s 2012 Chardonnay Central Coast offers classic ripe apple and orchard fruits, creme and brioche in a medium-bodied, vibrant and clean style. Aged in 10% new French oak for 10 months, buy this beauty by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years." read more
2011 SINGLE-VINEYARD PINOT NOIRs
CALERA 2011 PINOT NOIR DE VILLIERS VINEYARD MOUNT HARLAN
score: WA 93
AG 90+
WS 90

add to cart $39.99   add a case $479.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "First up and seriously perfumed, the 2011 Pinot Noir de Villiers is a gorgeous wine that excels both for its complexity and for its richness and breath on the palate. Giving up notes of ripe cherries, wild strawberries, exotic flowers, citron and spice, it has medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit and a rich, seamless texture. In fact, it has a rare level of depth and texture in the vintage, and while beautiful today... read more
CALERA 2011 PINOT NOIR RYAN VINEYARD MOUNT HARLAN
score: WA 93
AG 92

add to cart $43.99   add a case $527.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "Slightly deeper and richer, yet also less expressive aromatically, the 2011 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard offers a darker, earthier profile, with black cherry, underbrush, pepper and ground herbs giving way to hints of rose petal and spice with air. Medium to full-bodied, it has impressive richness in the vintage, as well as beautiful mid-palate density and a seamless texture. Overall, it’s a structured effort that should be gi... read more
CALERA 2011 PINOT NOIR MILLS VINEYARD MOUNT HARLAN
score: AG 93
WA 92

add to cart $49.99   add a case $599.88

Antonio Galloni writes in Vinous: "One of the more subtle wines in the range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard impresses for its sense of proportion and balance. Nothing is out of place. Black cherries, plums, crushed flowers, mint and anise develop in the glass, but ultimately the Mills is mostly about sensual, radiant texture. The highly expressive, lifted finish is a thing of beauty. There is so much to admire here. In 2011, these own-roote... read more
CALERA 2011 PINOT NOIR SELLECK VINEYARD MOUNT HARLAN
score: WA 94
AG 92+

add to cart $79.99   add a case $959.88

Jeb Dunnuck writes in The Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pinot Noir Selleck is a brilliant 2011 that does everything right. Framboise, rose petal, sappy underbrush and spice all give way to an energetic, taut and vibrant-styled Pinot that has perfect balance and fine tannin structure. Fermented with 100% whole cluster and aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, it’s a rocking effort to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years.read more
 

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