Calera Wine Company

831-637-9170 11300 Cienega Road
Hollister, CA 95023
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This thirty-year old winery is located in the limestone-rich Gavilan mountains of San Benito County near Hollister, California. Ninety miles south of San Francisco, the vineyards are at 2,200 ft. elevation. The heat of the season is mitigated by cooling sea breezes from Monterey Bay. Several varietals are grown, with Pinot Noir having the lion's share at roughly 70 % of production, followed by Chardonnay and Viognier at approximately 21 % and 9 % respectively. An entirely gravity-fed production facility, the new building is a testament to artisanal winemaking, with average yearly production nearing 30,000 cases of all varietals.

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  • Aligoté

    In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia a...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Calera Pinot Noir Central Coast 2009


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    Wine review by petergriffin8888

  • Calera Chardonnay 2011


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    Wine review by mark

  • Calera Central Coast 2011


    "A blend of seven vineyards, full gentle bouquet of red plum, berries and rose petal with mineral accents. Blackberry, raspberry and sour cherry with a hint of sweet oak." [From "Pinot Noir" blind tasting at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 13 October 2012.] Blend of vineyards, broad and complex, juicy, with spice, plums. [From "Pinot Noir" at Bin 105, Linc... Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Calera Viognier 2011


    A lovely white with tropical fruits and floral aromas. Delicious with cheese. Read More

    Wine review by Prbottleshop

  • Calera Viognier 2011


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Calera "Jensen" San Benito Pinot Noir 1996


    Had 2001 at Farmhouse. Reminded me if an old world Pinot. Delicious Read More

    Wine review by cmittelstadt

  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Mt. Harlen Pinot Noir 2005


    Had the 2001 at Farm House. Reminded me of an old world Pinot. Delicious ! Read More

    Wine review by cmittelstadt

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  • I have a question. Why is it that with the holidays, people start stocking up on Pinot Noirs? Was there someone who said that one has to pair holiday food (turkey, stuffings, ham etc) with Pinot Noir? I ask because local wine stores have been big on promoting Pinot Noirs! and I keep hearing about it.. I havent noticed it in the past years since ... Read More

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  • Calera Pinot Noir Central Coast 2009


    Nicely stemmy and lightly vegetal on the nose with aromas that recall strawberry and carrot tops. There's a lovely hint of spicy wood here that really sets off the lightly smoky raspberry and strawberry fruit. A bit chunky early on, this is soft and broad in the mouth with faint mocha accents to the rather intense blackberry and black plum skin ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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