Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

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Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005


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What a classic Mt. Harlan bouquet of rock and mineral woven nicely with notes of raspberry and blackberry. Flavors of cherry, plum and star anise fill the palate, accented with soft undertones of oak and a juicy, round, flinty finish. This is the richest and most lush Mills Pinot Noir vintage to date.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Mt. Harlan
Brand Calera
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe deep ruby/purple 2005 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard has a sweet nose of boysenberry, black raspberry, and a hint of blueberry as well as a floral note. Medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannins, and wonderful depth, length, and texture, this may be the most succulent and precocious of the 2005s, but it will evolve for at least a decade.

Robert Parker, August 2009
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Wine SpectatorDistinct for its savory black cherry, herb and loamy earth notes that have a tarry edge. Firms up nicely on the finish, with a tight compact core of flavors and dusty tannins. Drink now through 2013.

James Laube, June 15, 2008
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Wine EnthusiastA little baked in fruit, with jammy cherry, black raspberry, red currant and pomegranate flavors that taste caramelized. Not likely to age well, but tasty now and for a year or so.

Steve Heimoff, June 1, 2008