Calera

Central Coast Pinot Noir

8.9545 ratings
8.967 pro ratings
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
Stefan Dolhain

2010 vintage. Thirty-fifth anniversary vintage. From 6 different vineyards in different counties (San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito). Fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 11 months. Very attractive nose, unmistakeably Pinot Noir with ripe griotte cherries and a subtle flowery hint. Obviously very ripe fruit, but with great acidity and elegance. The high alcohol (14,9% abv.) is perfectly integrated and the finish is long and smooth. Delicious and terrific value.

2010 vintage. Thirty-fifth anniversary vintage. From 6 different vineyards in different counties (San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Clara and San Benito). Fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 11 months. Very attractive nose, unmistakeably Pinot Noir with ripe griotte cherries and a subtle flowery hint. Obviously very ripe fruit, but with great acidity and elegance. The high alcohol (14,9% abv.) is perfectly integrated and the finish is long and smooth. Delicious and terrific value.

Sep 6th, 2017
Jon Bonné

Wine Editor San Francisco Chronicle

9.3

Yes, Calera nails this wine every time but the 2012 delivers some pretty astonishing depth for the money.

Yes, Calera nails this wine every time but the 2012 delivers some pretty astonishing depth for the money.

6 people found it helpfulJul 14th, 2014
Benjamin Temple

Better on the second day once it opens up. Bing cherry, beets, black pepper and forest floor. Good value. Cool that they list the vineyards on the back.

Better on the second day once it opens up. Bing cherry, beets, black pepper and forest floor. Good value. Cool that they list the vineyards on the back.

5 people found it helpfulDec 12th, 2014
S C O T T  S H E L D E N

Probably the best Pinot I've had under $25. #pinotnoir #calera #burgundianstyle #wine

Probably the best Pinot I've had under $25. #pinotnoir #calera #burgundianstyle #wine

3 people found it helpfulOct 19th, 2013
Jonathan Wall

Not as much depth as hoped. Berries and a bit of earth came thru the next night... But falls a bit flat in my book as I had greater expectations.

Not as much depth as hoped. Berries and a bit of earth came thru the next night... But falls a bit flat in my book as I had greater expectations.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2015
Corey Zamora, CSW

Ridiculously good for Calera's entry level pinot. Cherry, strawberry, chocolate, terrifically balanced. I'm buying lots more of this.

Ridiculously good for Calera's entry level pinot. Cherry, strawberry, chocolate, terrifically balanced. I'm buying lots more of this.

2 people found it helpfulSep 6th, 2014
Sean Genn

Nice representation of central coast fruit. Dark cherries, flowers and spice.

Nice representation of central coast fruit. Dark cherries, flowers and spice.

1 person found it helpfulApr 27th, 2016
Nicholas Livingston

A delicious nine vineyard blend from California's Central Coast. Hand harvested and fermented by ambient yeasts in open top fermenters and then aged without racking in French oak, 10% new. A richly scented but elegant Pinot Noir with a creamy texture for its duration on its lees and tart cherry and red currants with a pomegranate fruit tannin that is polished but complex and nuanced with a wisp of clove, camphor, and a trigeminal response almost menthol but more like a piney and resinous juniper berry. Would think because of its ratio between higher alcohol to fruit that this doesn't have forever but I would like to see this in a couple of years when the components fall into more balance. All the same, it is a delicious glass of wine and far more expressive than many at this tier.

A delicious nine vineyard blend from California's Central Coast. Hand harvested and fermented by ambient yeasts in open top fermenters and then aged without racking in French oak, 10% new. A richly scented but elegant Pinot Noir with a creamy texture for its duration on its lees and tart cherry and red currants with a pomegranate fruit tannin that is polished but complex and nuanced with a wisp of clove, camphor, and a trigeminal response almost menthol but more like a piney and resinous juniper berry. Would think because of its ratio between higher alcohol to fruit that this doesn't have forever but I would like to see this in a couple of years when the components fall into more balance. All the same, it is a delicious glass of wine and far more expressive than many at this tier.

1 person found it helpfulJun 28th, 2015
Phil A
8.0

Ok and drinkable but not as smooth as you would expect. Reminds me of a house wine but not one for your collection.

Ok and drinkable but not as smooth as you would expect. Reminds me of a house wine but not one for your collection.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 13th, 2015
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

8.6

One of California's best Pinot noir producers

One of California's best Pinot noir producers

1 person found it helpfulNov 27th, 2014