2016 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Mount Harlan
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"This shows pretty floral accents to the damson plum, dark cherry and wild currant flavors, with flinty notes. Crushed stone and spice accents burst forth on the finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard, aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, has a pale to medium ruby color and is slow to unfurl on the nose, with tangerine, dried cranberries, wild blackberries, dried thyme, underbrush and hints of peppered meats coming through over time. Medium-bodied and silky, it unfurls in the mouth to amaro character, firmly framed and finishing long and fresh. 1,000 cases produced.

Winemaker Mike Waller decided not to pick when the heat came over Labor Day in 2017. “I know if you pick underripe, you can’t make a good wine. So you just have to go with it when that heat happens. It was 105 degrees here at Mount Harlan for a couple of days, but we hadn’t started picking. Some vines along the Central Coast stalled or shut down. But our vines kept maturing the fruit. I didn’t see anything shift or raisin. It wasn’t that frying heat that the rest of California had.”" (WA)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is a soft, fruity wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2016 offers good up-front appeal, with lovely brightness to the sweet red cherry, berry and floral flavors. Some of its persistence tails off on the finish. " (VM)

"Strong aromas of black cherry and Christmas spice are plump on the nose, while the palate is minty and earthy, combining sagebrush, raspberry and cranberry flavors. From a brand that was recently purchased by Duckhorn, this is a complex, layered wine. -Matt Kettmann"(WE)

Winery Notes:
The prized 1975 plantings of Jensen Vineyard have yielded a gorgeous Pinot Noir that strikes a seamless balance between lushness and finesse. On the nose, aromas of ripe red cherry, cedar and black raspberry rise from the glass, followed by hints clove and spice. The palate is silky and generous, with abundant layers of ripe fruit gliding to a vibrant and lingering finish.