Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Wine EnthusiastThis is one of the most forward and accessible of Calera's new releases. It's superrich now in black cherry liqueur, mocha, licorice, bacon and spice flavors, a seductively silky wine that's a total hedonistic pleasure. If you can keep from drinking it now, it should develop well over the next 6-8 years.
Wine AdvocateFrom one of the property's coolest sites, the 2007 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard reveals nearly overwhelming notes of sassafras, root vegetables, plums, red currants, and raspberries. It is a spicy, earthy effort with an autumnal-like herbaceousness. Aged 17 months in French oak (30% new), it is a Pinot Noir for those who prefer that varietal's spicy, stemmy, earthy side. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of fruit in this complex, singular cuvee.
Wine SpectatorServes up a mix of full-bodied peppery cherry and wild berry fruit. This is tight, showing a chewy texture and ending with firm tannins, which have a slight green edge. Best from 2011 through 2017. 1,847 cases made.