The Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard is one of the most overt and powerful wines in the range. The stress of the drought comes through in a wine with real sense of push and pull tension. Ample, rich and also structured, the Jensen is another wine that needs at least a few more years in bottle. The flavors are especially dark and intense this year, while the huge, resonant finish adds to the wine's considerable appeal. One of the things that separates world-class wineries from the merely excellent is consistency across the entire range. That is exactly what readers will find at Calera. I can't think of any of these wines I would not want to drink any day of the week. Simply put, Josh Jensen and his team at Calera have done a remarkable job with these new releases... The single-vineyard Pinots all show the intensity and stress of severe drought year. Calera's Mt. Harlan vineyard is a unique site that is rugged and remote, yet somehow manages to produce distinctive, pedigreed wines even under difficult conditions. Simply put, readers won't go wrong with any of these wines. I can't recommend Calera's new releases highly enough. (AG)
A stunning range of black sage, fresh bay leaf, hearty mulberry, exotic cinnamon, raw beef and baking spice converge for a rugged yet pretty nose on this bottling from a vineyard planted in 1975. Elderberry and elderflower show on the sip, as do beet juice, dried ginger, crushed rocks, potting soils and a concentrated potpourri of purple flowers. (MK)
From an accountant crushing yield of 1.12 tons per acre, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard was aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a beautiful array of sappy flowers, forest floor and darker raspberry and cherry fruits to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless, silky style on the palate that continues to flesh out and gain richness with time in the glass. Like all of Josh's wines, it's impeccably balanced and has first rate purity of fruit, ripe tannin structure and a great finish. It certainly offers incredible pleasure today, yet will be even better with short term cellaring and will have 15 years of overall longevity. Pulling from his estate vineyards located east of Monterey, in San Benito County and the Mount Harlan AVA, winemaker Josh Jenson can seemingly do no wrong. He produces beautiful whites and reds that are singular and packed with flavor. All of his 2013s are classic wines. (JD)
An overtly floral-infused nose exhibits wonderful freshness to the beautifully layered mix of both red and dark pinot fruit, spice, sandalwood and spiced tea scents. There is a sophisticated yet quite serious mouth feel to the intense, tautly muscular and concentrated medium weight flavors that are shaped by dusty and firm but fine tannins on the hugely long finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This is very clearly built-to-age and is going to need it. In a word, gorgeous. *Outstanding*
Dense, with plum, blackberry and blueberry flavors, this firmly tannic version shows a sense of elegance and suppleness. Stylish and revealing new flavor nuances. (JL)
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