The 2009 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is the biggest and richest of the 2009s. It boasts stunning depth in its dark fruit, licorice, spices and sweet balsamic notes. Layers of fruit totally saturate the palate as this utterly majestic Pinot opens up in the glass. The sheer depth and nuance of the Jensen is simply breathtaking. Readers will have to be patient, as the Jensen is very much built for the cellar. It is an American classic to savor and enjoy to age 20 and perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. (AG)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is a gorgeous wine for drinking now, as the aromatics are just beginning to show the first signs of complexity. Sweet tobacco, mint, cedar, herbs and dried cherries flesh out in ample, deeply expressive Pinot endowed with real depth. The 2009 should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. Today, the 2009 is a bit shy relative to how it showed a few years ago, and may be going through an awkward phase as it makes the transition from a young Pinot to a more middle-aged wine. (AG) 95+
Bright ruby-red. A heady bouquet presents fresh red and dark fruits, candied lavender and Asian spices. Silky, dense and gently sweet, with intense black raspberry and cherry flavors complicated by cola and spicecake nuances. A jolt of blood orange adds lift and cut to the sweet, extremely persistent finish featuring darker berry and anise notes. (JR)
Josh Jensen’s remote mountain estate is surrounded by dry chaparral and it’s tempting to read its imprint in this wine’s exotic, garrigue-like aromas of lavender, pine and dried sage. The Jensen block, planted in 1975, has a wider range of exposures than Calera’s two other original blocks, Selleck and Reed. At first this wine’s fruit seems almost brambly, perhaps due to the concentrated ripeness of the south-facing components, but it’s girded by distinctly stern tannins; the vineyard’s high-elevation, its limestone soils and, likely, Jensen’s commitment to whole-cluster fermentation all contribute to that structural integrity. With a day of air, the wine relaxes, its beguiling fragrance and satiny fruit leaning back on cool minerality. It’s a Pinot Noir for the long haul, to open in ten years with a Berkshire pork chop grilled with rosemary springs.
A pleasingly well-layered, spicy and fresh nose offers up aromas of primarily mixed red berries and a background note of ripe plum. There is good verve to the medium-bodied flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel that is aided by the velvety texture of the tannins. This delicious effort is presently on the reserved side, in fact there is even a mild hint of austerity on the firm, balanced and lingering finish. This is less accessible than certain other wines in the range and will definitely require medium-term cellaring to be at its best. *Outstanding*
In its youth, this tastes rich and candied, like a cherry, vanilla and buttercream pastry. It’s delicious, savory and fun, a very easy wine to drink with a great steak or chop. With its delicate texture, it should probably last quite a few years, without necessarily gaining in complexity.
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