The 2009 Pinot Noir De Villiers Vineyard, from vines planted in 1997, bursts from the glass with expressive, juicy fruit. Dark red berries, flowers, mint, spices and an orange rind follow, leading to a generous, inviting finish. The De Villiers is the only vineyard-designate Pinot made from fully de-stemmed fruit. It is a towering wine of incomparable class and elegance. Simply put, this is a stunning showing from Calera. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. (AG) 96+
Vivid ruby-red. Intense, spice-accented aromas of candied red fruits, cherry-cola and fresh rose, with subtle earth and anise notes emerging with air. Juicy, penetrating sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors show a seamless texture. Closes sweet and long, with resonating berry and floral elements and fully absorbed tannins. (JR)
Shows much in common with past vintages of this bottling. It’s dry, tart in acidity and somewhat earthy, with a nice balance of cherries, herbs and cedar. Feels complex and distinguished, in a dry, elegant style.
This is materially more subdued and introverted at present though there is good complexity to the red and dark Pinot fruit aromas where a black cherry note is prominent. The lush and round middle weight flavors possess good volume, indeed to the point where there is a certain opulence to them, all wrapped in a mouth coating finish. This could easily be enjoyed now or held for a few years first depending on your preferences.
Chunky, with ripe, rich dark berry fruit that's full-bodied and chewy. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2020. (JL)
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