Calera “Ryan Vineyard” Pinot Noir
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Calera “Ryan Vineyard” Pinot Noir - 2016

Item # 24079 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Deep, juicy black plum bouquet beautifully integrated with the signature Mt Harlan minerality. It expresses very nice balance, excellent structure, good grip and a graceful mouth-feel combined with deep flavors of currant, raspberry and dark spice. It’s an alluring wine, quite delicious now, and has a long life ahead.

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Staff Pick Notes

This Pinot Noir is easily one of the best of its category. The lovely nose is peppery and earthy. Decanting will allow the firm tannins to fuse well with the dense but elegant dark red fruit and extend the lightly spicy finish. Ryan’s Vineyard is planted at a lofty 2,500 feet above sea level and the brisk Pacific breezes temper the region’s hot sun. The earthy minerality of this organic wine is well-displayed on the palate. To be honest, I might not have identified this as a Pinot Noir in a blind tasting. It is so complex and almost lush, despite its light-bodied profile. Sometimes people ask for a justification for a wine’s price, and admittedly there can be occasional times when it is difficult to find one. But a single sip of this wine makes its pedigree plain. Drink now or hold.

- TR

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Pinot Noir

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

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