Winemaker Josh Jensen set out to find limestone. He wanted to create uniquely California wines in the style of great Burgundy crus, and was convinced that limestone was the ticket. He found the site of an old limekiln in the Gavilan Mountains of California, sitting 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean and made his first wine in 1975. He firmly believes in minimal intervention and uses a gravity-flow system to achieve the least invasive, most natural process. Planted in 1997, this special vineyard is named for Marq de Villiers, author of "The Heartbreak Grape," the story of Josh Jensen’s creation of Calera. The drought conditions of 2014 made for low yields and highly concentrated grapes. Tasting notes according to the winemaker: "Intensely wrapped blackberry, briar, caraway and crème de cassis jump from this 2014 de Villiers vineyard Pinot Noir. Beautiful mouth-filling rich dark fruit flavors complement the broad, deep, taut, tart structure. This wine is complex, tight and nervy with a large personality and lots of flavor."
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