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93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the more subtle wines in the range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard imp...Read more...
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2010 Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Central-Coast - Pinot Noir - 750 ml. Read more
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2010 Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Central-Coast - Pinot Noir - 750 ml.
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2009 Calera Mills Pinot Noir - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Central Coast - Pinot Noir - 750 ml.
Fine red wine- 2009 Calera Mills Pinot Noir - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Central Coast - Pinot Noir - 750 ml.
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.)
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.
The 14.4 acre Mills Vineyard isn’t among the first that Calera founder Josh Jensen planted, but the vines nevertheless are more than 20 years old. The vineyard was planted on its own roots, using cuttings from other Calera vineyards that were planted nine years earlier. The Mills Vineyard, like Calera’s other Mt. Harlan plots, has limestone soils, and the site is on a gentle, south-facing slope. The Mills Pinots usually have a characteristic spiciness. That’s certainly true of the 2004, which displays spicy raspberry, cherry and rhubarb flavors and plenty of bright acidity. It’s a well-structured wine that still retains its suppleness. Like most of the other Calera Pinots, this one underwent whole-cluster fermentation. It spent 16 months in French oak barrels, 30 percent of them new. The Mills is a fairly ripe wine, at 15 percent alcohol, but it carries that alcohol extremely well and isn’t at all “hot.” This is one of the most plentiful single-vineyard Pinots that Calera produces – more than 1,200 cases in the 2004 vintage. And the price, $45, while not cheap, is more modest than for some of the other Calera wines.
The 2004 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with seductive, sweet aromas of black raspberries, black cherries, spring flowers, and spice. It possesses beautiful red and black fruits, good acidity, full body, and more tannin, but less spice than the Reed cuvee. This complex, fruit-driven Pinot Noir will benefit from 1-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 10-15 years.
93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the more subtle wines in the range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard impresses for its sense of proportion and balance. Nothing is out of place. Black cherries, plums, crushed flowers, mint and anise develop in the glass, but ultimately the Mills is mostly about sensual, radiant texture. The highly expressive, lifted finish is a thing of beauty. There is so much to admire here. In 2011, these own-rooted vines yielded a wine of true delicacy and finesse. Drink: 2016-2026.
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