Calera Pinot Noir Mt. Harlan "Ryan Vineyard" 2016 (Central Coast, California) - [WE 94] [AG 92] [RP 92] [WS 91]

Calera Pinot Noir Mt. Harlan "Ryan Vineyard" 2016
(Central Coast, California) - [WE 94] [AG 92] [RP 92] [WS 91]

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WE94 AG92 RP92 WS91
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Calera’s Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gavilan Mountains 25 miles east of the Monterey Bay. The site was chosen for its limestone soils and ideal climate. At an average elevation of 2,200 feet it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California.

As the vines at Ryan Vineyard approach 20 years of age, they continue to yield an ever more complex Pinot Noir, offering alluring layers of red cherry and sassafras, along with hints of thyme and sage. The ripe cherry notes are echoed on the palate, where they are underscored by notes of cedar and vanilla from aging in French oak, and firm, fine-grained tannins that provide lovely weight and structure.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Aromas of dried cherry, dark-red flower, smoked meat and black plum pudding come together in subtle ways on the nose of this bottling. The palate picks up more spice in the form of star anise and gingerbread, with lingering acidity driving cranberry and vanilla flavors into the finish." Matt Kettmann (5/1/2020)

92 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard is a tight, backward wine. Firm tannins give the Ryan a decidedly brooding feel. Smoke, licorice, leather, tobacco and incense emerge with time in the glass, adding to an impression of earthiness and gravitas. This is an especially somber style. More importantly, readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 is tightly wound and in no mood to show all of its cards. " - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2019)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. It has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of crushed blackberries, black cherries, underbrush, potpourri and red fruit sparks. Medium-bodied with a good core of earthy fruit, it has a sturdy frame and juicy freshness, finishing long and nuanced. 540 cases produced." - Erin Brooks (6th Feb 2020)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"Big and rich-tasting, with hints of sun-dried tomato to the dark plum, dried blackberry and underbrush flavors. Dried fig details show on the finish, accented by Asian spice notes. Drink now. 540 cases made." - KM (Mar 31, 2020)