2016 Calera Pinot Noir, Jensen Vineyard, Central Coast, California (750ml)
Calera's Jensen vineyard consists of 4 adjacent blocks, each with a different exposure. Planted in 1975, it is one of Calera's original estate vineyards at the noth end of the Gavilan range, and was named in honor of founder Josh Jensen's father, Stephen. These are among ther most cellar-worthy Pinots produced in California.
From the Producer: 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.
After several years of drought, 2016 brought a return to normal winter rainfall levels, which replenished the Mt. Harlan vineyards and set the pace for a slightly early, but near-ideal, growing season. A warm spring led to a relatively early budbreak, followed by warm, sunny summer. While summer provided abundant sunshine for ripening the grapes, mild nights ensured that they ripened perfectly, with excellent acid and sugar levels. As a result, our 2016 Pinot Noirs are lush and balanced, with beautifully articulated flavors.