Monday, March 26, 2007

Calera 2002 Mills Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir

The story about Calera Wine Company and Josh Jensen starts back in 1975 when he planted his first grapes on one of the highest and coolest vineyard properties in California. Since then he has expanded his vineyard properties and now owns a state of the art wine making facility. Read more about the history of Calera here.
Mills Vineyard was planted in 1984 and is 14.4 acres of Pinot Noir. It sits at 2,200-2,300 feet above sea level on a south sloping hillside.
The Calera 2002 Mills Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir has a clear, dark ruby color in the glass. Intense dark plum and black cherries on the nose with a hint of vanilla from aging in oak. Softer dark fruit and berries on the palate with some spice to it. Moderate, well integrated tannins and good acidity. A really good Pinot!
We got this wine from friends and I will certainly have to get a couple of more bottles. Get it from the winery for $43 or from for as low as $33.97. Rated 89 by Robert Parker and 92 by Wine Enthusiast.

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June said...

Oh, I think this is the wine we got for you!! I am glad you liked it!!

Ben said...

Hello Victoria, I too am a big fan of Calera and Josh Jenson's winemaking. The story of his winery reminds me of the early history of Chalone; a rocky, limestone hillside in a region that few thought would make great wine. But he has, and very consistently over the years I might add. Congrats on breaking the top 15 on Local Wine Events. I've voted for your excellent blog several times :) Cheers!

Victoria said...

June: Yes it was the wine we got from you. Thank you again! It was great!

Victoria said...

Thanks for your comment Ben, and thank you so much for your support with voting! And regarding Chalone: I am 100% on your side. They do have some great Pinots as well, and at a good value!