|Region :||Central Coast|
|Varietal :||Red Wine, Pinot Noir|
|Taste :||Full Body, Medium Body|
2013 Calera Jensen Pinot Noir 750ml
The sumptuous bouquet of this 2013 Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir is savory and rich like brioche. Notes of cherry pie, white pepper and a hint of rose petal marry wonderfully with the incredibly harmonious and very complex yet tart palate of blue fruits, spice, limestone minerality and a mouth-coating texture. This wine is juicy and structured and promises a very long, alluring life ahead.
The Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is one of the most overt and powerful wines in the range. The stress of the drought comes through in a wine with real sense of push and pull tension. Ample, rich and also structured, the Jensen is another wine that needs at least a few more years in bottle. The flavors are especially dark and intense this year, while the huge, resonant finish adds to the wine's considerable appeal. One of the things that separates world-class wineries from the merely excellent is consistency across the entire range. That is exactly what readers will find at Calera. I can't think of any of these wines I would not want to drink any day of the week. Simply put, Josh Jensen and his team at Calera have done a remarkable job with these new releases... The single-vineyard Pinots all show the intensity and stress of severe drought year. Calera's Mt. Harlan vineyard is a unique site that is rugged and remote, yet somehow manages to produce distinctive, pedigreed wines even under difficult conditions. Simply put, readers won't go wrong with any of these wines. I can't recommend Calera's new releases highly enough.
A stunning range of black sage, fresh bay leaf, hearty mulberry, exotic cinnamon, raw beef and baking spice converge for a rugged yet pretty nose on this bottling from a vineyard planted in 1975. Elderberry and elderflower show on the sip, as do beet juice, dried ginger, crushed rocks, potting soils and a concentrated potpourri of purple flowers.