Calera Wine Company

de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir

8.925 ratings
8.83 pro ratings
Mount Harlan, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Tom Higgins

Owner/Winemaker Heart & Hands Wine Company

8.8

Dark cherry color. Earthy- leather, tar, tobacco and dark cherry dominate the nose. The palate has a great fruit core of currants and cherries. Beautiful balance. Uber young with those heavy tannins. Needs 15 years more.

Dark cherry color. Earthy- leather, tar, tobacco and dark cherry dominate the nose. The palate has a great fruit core of currants and cherries. Beautiful balance. Uber young with those heavy tannins. Needs 15 years more.

Nov 12th, 2013
Jordan Mackay

Wine Editor San Francisco Magazine

8.8

Drinking beautifully. Young, but soft and open. Love the light, no-nonsense bottles Josh Jensen uses too. It's all about what's in the bottle.

Drinking beautifully. Young, but soft and open. Love the light, no-nonsense bottles Josh Jensen uses too. It's all about what's in the bottle.

Jan 14th, 2013
Bart Van Rompaey

Do not pop and pour! Give this a decant. This has improved so much with age. Intense ripe cherries and smoke with a hint of vanilla and some earthy tones on the nose. Soft fruits and sweetness on the palette with dusty soft tannins and uplifting acidity. This is a very nice subtle and gentle wine.

Do not pop and pour! Give this a decant. This has improved so much with age. Intense ripe cherries and smoke with a hint of vanilla and some earthy tones on the nose. Soft fruits and sweetness on the palette with dusty soft tannins and uplifting acidity. This is a very nice subtle and gentle wine.

Oct 6th, 2020
Eric

Big, tannic Pinot. Tastes like a 1 year old instead of 7. Big blue fruits with a ton of backbone.

Big, tannic Pinot. Tastes like a 1 year old instead of 7. Big blue fruits with a ton of backbone.

Oct 15th, 2016
Jon Ruyle

What a difference a few years of bottle age makes. This has given up some vibrancy and brightness in return for complexity and earth. Tastes almost Burgundian at this point, but it is really unique. I've just renewed my love for Calera.

What a difference a few years of bottle age makes. This has given up some vibrancy and brightness in return for complexity and earth. Tastes almost Burgundian at this point, but it is really unique. I've just renewed my love for Calera.

Feb 3rd, 2016
Erika Birg

Pop and pour, and quite drinkable.

Pop and pour, and quite drinkable.

Aug 18th, 2015
Rich Bluth

Some time in the bottle is rewarded with a a depth in flavors I don't get in many other Pinots.

Some time in the bottle is rewarded with a a depth in flavors I don't get in many other Pinots.

Mar 29th, 2015
Koichiro Kanegae

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Feb 14th, 2013
Greg Gregory

Greg had this 8 years ago

Greg had this 8 years ago

Jan 20th, 2013
Kenji Harashima

Kenji had this a year ago

Kenji had this a year ago

Nov 9th, 2019