2010 Calera Pinot Noir

Year: 2010
Appellation: Central Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Red Wine
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"A classy art-of-the-blend cuvée that’s very ripe but still complex, relying on rich dark berry, plum, crushed rock and cedar. So young and vibrant at this stage, yet also so deep and tight, that it’s both tempting to drink now but looks like a great cellar choice as well. Drink now through 2021." (WS)

Winery Notes:
A wonderful, full gentle bouquet of red plum, berries, rose petal and mineral accents lively flavors of blackberry, raspberry and sassy sour cherry. This wine offers great depth, spice, a hint of sweet oak and beautiful texture with very fine-grained tannins and a soft, round, easy drinking mouthfeel that lingers on leaving you wanting another taste.

Spring time temperatures brought on an average bud break, but an unusual cool summer made for a very long growing season. The Central Coast Pinot Noir was picked very late in the season mostly in mid October. Due to the cool temperatures we find a wonderful balance between bright natural acidity and lively fruit characters. All lots were fermented with native yeasts in small, open top fermenters. After fourteen days the wines were pressed, settled overnight, and then moved by gravity to Calera’s barrel cellar. The wine was aged without racking in mostly French oak Barrels, 10% new, for eleven months. The vineyard lots were combined priori to bottling and the wine was bottled unfiltered.