Calera Pinot Noir Mount Harlan 30th Anniversary Mills Vineyard 2005
Four and a half glasses
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The deep ruby/purple 2005 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard has a sweet nose of boysenberry, black raspberry, and a hint of blueberry as well as a floral note. Medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannins, and wonderful depth, length, and texture, this may be the most succulent and precocious of the 2005s, but it will evolve for at least a decade.
From 24-year-old vines on Calera’s Mills Vineyard in the Gavilan Mountains between California’s San Benito and Monterey counties, the wine – while possessing layers of flavor – is for the short-term. That doesn’t detract from the wonderful efficacy of the wine, but it is surprising in Calera’s modus operandi of long-lived wines. The wine seems lighter than some of the other Pinots I’ve had from Calera over the years, but it’s nonetheless delicious. The fruit is on the warmer side of Calera’s spectrum with toasted baking spices. But in the end, it’s beautifully balanced and seductive and not at all over the top, although the stated alcohol (well-incorporated) is high (for Calera) at 14.5 percent. Best suited for drinking now and over the next half-dozen years. Aged in 30 percent new barrels for 16 months, the wine is unfiltered. There were less than 1,400 cases produced. (Note: Tasted in 375/mltr bottles.)