Wine of the Week – Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2009

Proprietor Josh Jensen looked high and low to find a place to grow Pinot Noir that resembled Burgundy, France. After an exhaustive search, he settled on a hilltop in the Central Coast of California with the perfect combination of limestone soils, elevation and weather conditions. He has been making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay there since 1974.

Not much has changed since then, except he had the benefit of 37 years of experience and is still putting out some of the best wines in the area. Calera’s 2009 Central Coast bottling is made from highly sought after purchased fruit from Laetitia Vineyard and the Doctor’s Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. This is one of the best Calera Central Coast bottlings we’ve had in years, and if you don’t believe us, read Antonio Galloni’s review in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate below:

“The 2009 Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with expressive red fruit, flowers, spices and mint. It shows lovely mid-palate juiciness and an elegant, polished finish. At $24 a bottle, it may very well be the single finest value in American Pinot Noir. I was hardly surprised to learn Emirates chose to serve this wine in their business class cabin last year. This is a dazzling wine from start to finish. It is also one of the two Pinots in this tasting (the others are 2008s) made from fully destemmed fruit. Wow! Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. (Aug. 2011)

92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate