2017 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir
Calera’s Central Coast wines are made from grapes grown by selected vineyards in California’s Central Coast Viticultural Area.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast comes from multiple vineyards throughout the Central Coast and has a touch of the elegance and purity found in the top cuvées. Impressive black raspberry fruits, white flowers, spice, and a subtle salty minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It's well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 10% new, 10% second vintage, 80% neutral
Made from a handful of the finest vineyards on the Central Coast, this lush and vibrant Pinot Noir displays alluring layers of blackberry jam, red cassis and Bing cherry, underscored by hints of wild game and pennyroyal that add nuance and complexity to a long, focused finish.
The season began with one of the wettest winters in memory, followed by a warm spring that led to a well-timed budbreak. The warm, sunny weather continued throughout summer, providing ideal growing conditions. After a significant Labor Day heat spike led us to harvest a few of our earlier-ripening sites, a perfectly timed cooldown in late summer and early fall provided additional hangtime for the rest of the grapes to achieve optimal ripeness. While overall yields were down slightly in 2017, the quality is excellent.
September 11 - October 16, 2017
24.5° Brix at Harvest
0.65 g/100 ml titratable acidity
10 months in barrel
14 days fermentation at 60°F, 90°F, 60°F