Vineyard: Calera's Central Coast wines are made from grapes grown by selected veineyards in California's Central Coast viticultural area. These include the Scheid, Laetitia, Zabala and Doctor's Vineyards.
Soil: Primarily sandy, silt and clay soils
Viticulture: The grapes for the Central Coast Pinot Noir were hand harvested. Some of the sites employ organic vilticulture.
Vinification: All lots were fermented with native yeasts in small, open top fermenters.
Aging: Aged without racking in mostly Francois Freres barrels, 10% new, for eleven months.
Publication: Wine advocate
Readers looking for a classic, incredibly well made Pinot Noir to buy by the case should look no further than Josh's 2014 Pinot Noir from the Central Coast AVA. Supple, sexy, seamless and elegant, with classic Calera notes of raspberries, mulled cherries, spice and dried soil, it has no hard edges, a core of sweet fruit and a beautiful finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. I'm sure it will keep for 4-5 years (probably longer), but there's no need to delay gratification. Don't miss this fabulous effort and bravo to the Calera team for delivering this level of quality at the price.
Pulling from his estate vineyards located east of Monterey, in San Benito County and the Mount Harlan AVA, winemaker Josh Jenson can seemingly do no wrong. He produces beautiful whites and reds that are singular and packed with flavor. All of his 2013s are classic wines.
The 2014 Pinot Noir (Central Coast) is both impeccable and absolutely delicious. Sweet, floral and open-knit, the Central Coast is also a fabulous introduction to the Calera house style. Beautifully perfumed and gracious, the 2014 offers striking aromatics and plenty of bright fruit to match its mid-weight, chiseled personality. Drink it over the next few years.