Josh Jensen planted his namesake vineyard in 1975, and from the moment this wine is poured, it shows the elegance and integration of old vines. It balances subtle oak notes with whole-cluster scents, dried lavender, purple flowers and notes of fine leather. The flavors feel vinous and bright, red-cherry-scented and slightly more acid driven than the other two Calera wines reviewed here, with a sleek texture that feels cool and built to age, if you can keep your hands off it in the cellar.
Strong aromas of black cherry and Christmas spice are plump on the nose, while the palate is minty and earthy, combining sagebrush, raspberry and cranberry flavors. From a brand that was recently purchased by Duckhorn, this is a complex, layered wine. (MK)
The 2016 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard, aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, has a pale to medium ruby color and is slow to unfurl on the nose, with tangerine, dried cranberries, wild blackberries, dried thyme, underbrush and hints of peppered meats coming through over time. Medium-bodied and silky, it unfurls in the mouth to amaro character, firmly framed and finishing long and fresh. (EB)
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