Jensen :: 2012 Pinot Noir

Jensen :: 2012 Pinot Noir

Beautifully integrated eccentric aromas of cherry, raspberry, red licorice, charcuterie and fine saddle leather lead into a soft round mouthful of black raspberry, rhubarb and a hint of steak blood. This wine is a fascinating combination of deep, tart fruit, tension from mineral and a savory, soy accent. This wine will gain even more complexity with time. Maximum 12 bottle limit per order.


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2012 was one of those ideal growing seasons. The spring temperatures were warm and sunny, and summer temperatures were moderate with clear blue skies. The crop levels were very balanced and allowed us to hang the fruit until the magical time of ripeness. Jensen Vineyard was picked on five separate dates from September 24th to October 21st.

Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for eighteen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Alcohol % 14.9
Wine Advocate 96

Wine Profile

Ratings -- 96 points "A thrilling Pinot Noir that comes from a 13.8-acre vineyard planted in 1975 on mostly on limestone, at an elevation of 2,200 feet, the 2012 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard was harvested September 24 to October 21 and was aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a dark ruby color to go with a big, sweet nose of cranberry, wild strawberries, crushed flowers, forest floor and spice. Full-bodied, layered and elegant, with a supple, rounded and sexy texture, it packs plenty of fruit, yet is graceful, beautifully balanced and seamless. It’s hard to resist now, yet should cruise for a decade in the cellar. Drink: 2015 - 2025" The Wine Advocate, August 2015
Awards -- 95+ points "The 2012 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard hits the palate with a rush of fruit. Intense, layered and voluptuous in the glass, the 2012 boasts gorgeous mid-palate depth and pliancy. Raspberry jam and bluish-hued fruit come forth in abundance. The Jensen is bold, racy and pungent today. Of course, much of that forward personality will soften with age as the aromatics develop, but I expect the Jensen will always be a relatively overt Pinot. There is more than enough tannin and structure underpinning the fruit to suggest the Jensen will drink well for another 10-15 years, perhaps longer. This is the most opulent of the Calera 2012s.” Antonio Galloni Vinous, June 2015
Other Notes CALERA PINOT NOIR JENSEN VINEYARD - A Journey Through Time 1978-2013, as featured on Vinous, by Antonio Galloni:

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