Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine

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Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Red Wine

Mt. Harlan, California
94 pts. Wine Enthusiast:

"Aromas of dried cherry, dark-red flower, smoked meat and black plum pudding come together in subtle ways on the nose of this bottling. The palate picks up more spice in the form of star anise and gingerbread, with lingering acidity driving cranberry and vanilla flavors into the finish."

92 pts. Wine Advocate:

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. It has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of crushed blackberries, black cherries, underbrush, potpourri and red fruit sparks. Medium-bodied with a good core of earthy fruit, it has a sturdy frame and juicy freshness, finishing long and nuanced."

This exquisite Pinot Noir is nicely balanced, with succulent fruit flavors melding with earth and spice notes beautifully. It really is delicious; one of our new personal favorites!

FROM THE WINERY

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.

In the Vineyards

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.

Comments from the Winemaker

As the vines at Ryan Vineyard approach 20 years of age, they continue to yield an ever more complex Pinot Noir, offering alluring layers of red cherry and sassafras, along with hints of thyme and sage. The ripe cherry notes are echoed on the palate, where they are underscored by notes of cedar and vanilla from aging in French oak, and firm, fine-grained tannins that provide lovely weight and structure.

Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Mt. Harlan
Harvest Dates: September 12 – October 1
Average Sugar at Harvest: 25.5° Brix
Cooperage: 100% French oak
Barrel Aging: 17 months
30% new, 20% second vintage, 50% neutral
Alcohol: 14.9%
0.63 g/100 ml titratable acidity
16 days fermentation at 58°F, 92°F, 61°F
pH: 3.71

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