Calera Pinot Noir Mount Harlan Mills Vineyard 2011
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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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.
Calera founder Josh Jensen spent a couple of harvests in Burgundy and became convinced that limestone soils were necessary for growing great Pinot Noir. Limestone isn’t all that common in California, but Jensen found what he was looking for in the Gavilan Mountains between Monterey and San Benito counties. He named his vineyard and winery Calera, the Spanish word for limekiln; limestone had been quarried from the property a century earlier, and there was a well-preserved limekiln remaining on the property. (That kiln is depicted on the Calera labels.) The 4.8 acre Selleck Vineyard was one of the first that Jensen planted, in 1975. It’s a rocky south/southwest-facing slope and typically yields Calera’s most concentrated fruit. The 2004 is a magnificent example, brimming with ripe, spicy raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by a very slight leafy note and some lovely spice. Calera uses whole-cluster fermentation, and the wines usually are fairly long-lived. Only a small amount of the Selleck is produced – in 2004, it was 324 cases – and the price is a lofty $75 a bottle. But for a true Pinot aficionado, it’s worth seeking out.
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.
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