Selleck :: 2012 Pinot Noir
2 bottle limit
What complexity… Aromas of star anise, bacon, licorice root, cocoa, blackberry, sandalwood, camphor and apple blossom are simply engulfing. This wine possesses deep umami character and flavors of smoked paprika, ginseng and cherry liqueur. It is seamlessly integrated, beefy and graceful all at once. It’s velvety and heady; finishing with plush, candied violet and lingers on and on. A truly captivating wine.
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. Selleck Vineyard was harvested on October 4th as one lot. It 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 wine was bottled without filtration as always.
-- 98 Points "Deeper and richer than the Jensen, the blockbuster-style 2012 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard
comes from vines planted in 1975 and wasn’t harvested until October 4. A big, rich, layered Pinot Noir
that offers tight, reserved notes of blackcurrants, truffle, crushed rocks, forest floor and sassafras,
this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful acidity and building, fine tannin that come
through on the awesome finish. With air, it turns more and more mineral-laced and earthy, showing
even a touch of gaminess. This beauty has terrific depth and richness without ever being over the top.
Still a baby, give it a few years in the cellar, and enjoy bottles over the following decade. Bravo to Josh Jenson for this smokin’ effort! Drink: 2017 - 2027" The Wine Advocate, August 2015
-- 96 Points "Calera’s 2012 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard is virtually seamless on the palate, with deep layers of fruit that nearly bury the tannins. Dark red and purplish fruit, mint, lavender, sage and sweet spices. Nuanced and impeccably balanced throughout, the 2012 captures the sexiness of the vintage yet retains tons of aromatic nuance and finesse. The 2012 will be a fascinating wine to follow over the next
decade-plus." Antonio Galloni Vinous, June 2015