2010 Calera Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Mount Harlan
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.6%
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Winery Notes:
This 2010 Reed Vineyard Pinot has gorgeous ruby color and a fascinating bouquet of violets, plum, fresh rain, mineral, sausage spice, birch bark and sage. Its texture is round, silky, lithe and juicy, with a soft tartness that accents amazing flavors of intense dark plum, Asian spice, basil, sandalwood, cigar and tomato leaf. The sweet, ripe fruit flavors lingers on through a long finish. An alluring and unusual Pinot Noir.

Spring time temperatures brought on an average bud break, but an unusually cool summer made for a very long growing season and late harvest. Most of the Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir was harvested from mid-October through early November. The result was wine with bright acidity and lower alcohols. Each day’s picking became a separate lot up until shortly before bottling. Each lot was fermented by the action of native yeasts in small open top fermenters. Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for sixteen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.