Vinous Calera Wine Company, 2013 Calera Pinot Noir de Villiers
"The 2013 Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard is intense, pure and brilliant. Dark red cherry, blood orange, lavender, mint, star anise and wild flowers give the de Villiers an exotic edge in this vintage. Plush and deep on the palate, the 2013 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Sweet floral and red-fleshed fruits add freshness on the finish. Today, the De Villiers is sublime, but it also needs time to fully come together." –Jul-16
"The 2013 Pinot Noir de Villiers is gorgeous. Coming from an east-facing parcel of vines planted in 1997 and aged 19 months in 30% new French oak, it has a terrific core of black cherries, flowers, menthol, toasted spice and licorice that opens up beautifully with time in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, layered, supple and sexy, yet with plenty of elegance, ripe tannin and a big mid-palate, it can be drunk today with plenty of pleasure or cellared for a decade."
Calera Wine Company, 2013 Calera Pinot Noir de Villiers
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.
Each lot is fermented by the action of native yeasts in small open top fermenters, then pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels and aged without racking in those barrels (30% new) for 16 months. The lots are then combined and the resultant wine is bottled without filtration.
All of Calera's Mt. Harlan vineyards are Certified Organic.