Mills :: 2012 Pinot Noir

Mills :: 2012 Pinot Noir

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Gorgeous ruby garnet color hints at the alluring aromas of pomegranate, black cherry, blood orange white pepper and spice. This wine is full, soft and round with a graceful but structured texture and a palate of blueberry, mineral, graphite, cranberry, cola and lilac.

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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. Mills Vineyard was harvested on three dates from September 20th through October 17th. 

Each day’s picking became a separate lot up until shortly before bottling. 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 "The 2012 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard comes from 26-year-old own-rooted vines and was harvest September 20 to October 17. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, its semi-opaque ruby color is followed by sensational notes of ripe currants and darker fruits, scorched earth, smoked meats, licorice and chalky minerality. Big, rich, full-bodied and layered, with a huge core of fruit that never seems over the top or heavy, this elegant, profound Pinot Noir can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more. Drink: 2015 - 2025" The Wine Advocate, August 2015
Awards -- 93 points “Crushed rose petal, sweet red berries, spices and anise lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard. Here the flavors are distinctly more red fruit leaning. Sweet, silky tannins wrap around the super-expressive, pliant finish. In 2012 the Mills presents a lovely combination of expressive aromatics, pliant fruit to match its open-knit personality. The Mills emerges from a parcel of own-rooted vines in Calera’s Mount Harlan property.” Antonio Galloni Vinous, June 2015

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