Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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2012 de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir is intense and captivating. A rich bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, briar, baking spices and slate nicely balance dark, dense, lush flavors of raspberry, sandalwood, chaparral and a fascinating tiny hint of capsicum. The texture is juicy and savory with tension and a bit of smokiness. Accents of sarsaparilla, red licorice and herbs make this a wonderful barbeque wine; and one that will age for a very long time.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Brand Calera
Alcohol/vol 14.8%
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastHard cinnamon candies, cherry juice, pomegranate extract and a touch of balsamic vinegar combine for sharp, nose-tickling aromas on this organically grown wine from pioneering vintner Josh Jensen. The flavor-forward palate explodes with dark fruits, noticeable tannins and solid acidity, showing allspice, Vietnamese coffee and black tea elements.

Matt Kettmann, July 1, 2015
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Wine SpectatorAromas of ripe dark berry, limestone, underbrush and gravel make for a compelling drink that's not shy about tannins, providing grip midpalate and holding on tenaciously. Best from 2016 through 2024. 1,616 cases made.

James Laube, April 30, 2015