Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Mt. Harlan|
Slightly deeper and richer, yet also less expressive aromatically, the 2011 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard offers a darker, earthier profile, with black cherry, underbrush, pepper and ground herbs giving way to hints of rose petal and spice with air. Medium to full-bodied, it has impressive richness in the vintage, as well as beautiful mid-palate density and a seamless texture. Overall, it's a structured effort that should be given another handful of years in the cellar, and consumed over the following decade.
Difficult to appreciate now, this Pinot is bone dry, brittle in tannins and acidic. It has quietly complex rosehip tea, sour cherry candy and cola flavors, with a tasteful appliqué of oak. Hold until 2019 and see what it's doing.
Firm and slightly closed, with dark berry, cedar and savory herb notes. Remains very tight and drying on the finish, yet there's a pleasing subtlety to the flavors as they work through the tannins. Best from 2015 through 2023. 1,846 cases made.