Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012




Reed Vineyard is such a distinctive site at Calera; the north facing slope makes wines slightly tawny in color and fascinatingly earthy, gamey, floral, brambly and spicy in the bouquet. It's a very perfumed woodsy wine with cola, dried chili, plum, cassis and rose petal on the palate. The texture is alluring; delicate yet strong like a ballerina.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Brand Calera
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastCigar-box spice, sandalwood, hibiscus, cinnamon, wild strawberries and black olive converge on the nose of this wine by Josh Jensen, who created the appellation single-handedly. A lovely sense of airy and fresh pomegranate-raspberry juice pervades the snappy palate, with just enough anise to keep it interesting.

Matt Kettmann, November 1, 2015
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateFrom a cooler site, the 2012 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard lacks the weight and depth of some of the other releases, yet has beautifully perfumed and complex notes of sassafras, kirsch, sweet black cherry, pepper and pine resin on the nose. These give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant Pinot Noir that has no hard edges, sweet fruit and a forward, yet still focused and balanced profile on the palate. Aged 16 months in roughly 30% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it should evolve gracefully through 2022.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorWell-focused on a tight-knit core of blackberry, wild berry, cedar, licorice, spice and snappy acidity that keeps the tannins fresh and lively, fanning out on the finish where a floral, perfumed plum scent emerges and joins the chalkiness. Drink now through 2021. 450 cases made.

James Laube, September 30, 2015