2009 Calera - Pinot Noir Central Coast
The 2008 Central Coast Pinot Noir has a vibrant, beautiful garnet color. Aromas of black cherry with a hint of sweet oak wrap around a comforting core of boysenberry pie. The taste is lively ? spicy blackberry and cassis, with bramble & briar and good structure. This is a smooth, delightful wine with a lot of personality.
Firm, offering an appealing mix of savory herb, dried berry, anise, cedar and rhubarb notes, turning somewhat simpler on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 12,368 cases made.
Calera?s basic Central Coast Pinot is a good, drily crisp wine, showing some real elegance. A little heavy, it shows cherry, red currant, herb, tobacco, teriaki beef and sandalwood flavors. Drink now. More than 12,000 cases were produced.
Wine Advocate: 11-201 Points
The 2009 Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with expressive red fruit, flowers, spices and mint. It shows lovely mid-palate juiciness and an elegant, polished finish. At $24 a bottle, it may very well be the single finest value in American Pinot Noir. I was hardly surprised to learn Emirates chose to serve this wine in their business class cabin last year. This is a dazzling wine from start to finish. It is also one of the two 2008 Pinots made from fully destemmed fruit. Wow! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.