2010 Calera - Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

More rich and structured, yet still sexy and voluptuous, the 2010 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard offers up a complex array of underbrush, black cherry, framboise, crushed flowers, toast and spice on both the nose and palate. Easily one of the most impressive Pinot Noirs I've tasted from California, this ethereally textured, tannic effort should be given 3-4 years of bottle age and then consumed over the following decade or more. Drink 2016-2026.

Drink Dates: 2016-2026
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 208

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Bright ruby-red. A heady, expansive bouquet presents dark berry preserves, incense, Asian spices and licorice, with a subtle vanilla accent in the background. Fleshy but lively and precise, offering impressively concentrated black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are lifted by bright minerality. Fine-grained tannins give grip to the very persistent finish, which extends the spice and cola notes.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 171

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Firm and aromatic, showing a spicy, tannic edge to the texture. Very tight, with a gripping minerality on the finish. Begs for cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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42 bottles owned by 12 collectors.

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About This Producer


The hunt for limestone took California Pinot Noir trailblazer Josh Jensen to one of the highest and coldest vineyard sites in the state, to a place where limestone lived; several million tons, in fact. Time spent in Burgundy, including a harvest at DRC, had instilled in Jensen an appreciation for the influence of terroir in great wine. In 1974 Jensen bought a parcel at 2,200 feet above sea level near Mt. Harlan in San Benito County and planted his first 24 acres to Pinot. While waiting for these vines to mature, he produced his first vintage, 1,000 cases of Zinfandel, in 1975. Over the years, Jensen's property has expanded to include Viognier, Chardonnay, and additional Pinot vineyards. In the large Mt. Harlan AVA, established by his own efforts in 1990, his vines are the only ones planted. Fruit for Calera's wines comes from both the estate property and several Central Coast vineyards, which provide fruit for the Central Coast and El Ni�o bottlings. Organic practices in the vineyards, and a seven-tier gravity flow winery ensures Calera wines undergo minimal "manipulation." For his Pinot, native yeast and whole cluster fermentation in small lots, as well as 16 months in barrel make for structured, "Burgundy-inspired" wines. Truly a pioneer, Jensen has been recognized many times over for his contribution to California winemaking, recently being honored as 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle.

See other similar producers: Brewer-Clifton, Peter Michael Winery, Hanzell Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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