2008 Calera Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Mount Harlan
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
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"The 2008 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard comes across as soft, delicate and perfumed. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that flow from this understated Pinot. The Ryan Vineyard is already a touch forward, suggesting it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.

I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Josh Jensen and Calera. Vintage 2008 was not an easy one, as a severe spring frost reduced yields to less than one ton per acre. Most of the Pinots are made with 100% whole clusters. I am not sure each of these sites is ideally suited to such a high percentage of stem inclusion, especially in this vintage, but time will tell. Calera has what are easily the most informative back labels I have ever seen, with much more information and detail on each wine than I can reproduce here. Kudos to Josh Jensen for providing his customers with the maximum level of detail one could ever ask for. Unfortunately I was not able to taste the Chardonnays, but I will report on those wines as soon as possible." (WA)

"Vivid red. Strawberry and raspberry on the nose and in the mouth. Smooth, seamless and open-knit, with good intensity and a hint of candied rose. The gently spicy finish shows very good cling and echoes of spicecake and red fruit. Approachable now but I suspect that this well-balanced midweight will age nicely." (IWC)

"This bottling is always silky and accessible on release, and so it is with the 2008. It’s lighter in color than most of the top Pinots, but very complex, with wild berry, mushroom, cola and spice flavors, brightened with crisp acidity. Call it Burgundian. Lovely now as it warms in the glass, but will develop in the bottle." (WE)

Winery Notes:
2008 Ryan Pinot Noir is a graceful and inviting wine with a vibrant cranberry, black currant and rose petal bouquet. Beautifully integrated, bright flavors of rhubarb, tart cherry vanilla and the faintest hint of sandalwood grace the elegant structure and soft grip of fine tannins. A murmur of classic Mt Harlan limestone minerality progresses to a shy, mouthwatering finish. This is a wine to be enjoyed with a wonderful meal.