Calera Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
Wine AdvocateFrom a cool site, the 2011 Pinot Noir Reed offers a subtle, restrained personality with subtle sassafras, resinous herbs, mint, licorice and sweet kirsch aromas and flavors to go with a medium bodied, lightly textured, and yet classy palate feel. It's not a heavyweight, yet offers solid complexity and an interesting, lively profile. It should be enjoyed over the coming 4-6 years.
Wine EnthusiastIt takes a certain trust in the ageability of a young Calera Pinot Noir to appreciate it, as evidenced by this bottling. It's dry and tannic, with acid-inflected raspberry jam and oak flavors that show little in the way of complexity. Yet there are earthy, herbal, minerally depths. Granted that the vintage was difficult, this still is a wine to age. Try after 2017.
Wine SpectatorFirm, spicy and marked by a loamy earth notes and crushed rock minerality, this serves up a subtle mix of blueberry, dark berry, violet and black licorice flavors, gaining on the finish. Should improve with time. Best from 2015 through 2025. 164 cases made.