2015 Calera 'Jensen Vineyard' Pinot Noir Mt Harlan


Planted in 1975 and thus 40 years old in the warm 2015 vintage, these vines produce America’s answer to Dujac Clos de la Roche, for about 15% of the price. Look for notes of red roses, earthy underbrush, cherry cobbler, soy sauce, five spice powder, and a faint incense note. If you collect the greatest names in American Pinot Noir—the Beaux-Frères, Kistlers, and Kosta-Brownes of the world—Calera Jensen belongs in your barn. No ifs, ands, or buts.

There is cult Pinot Noir, and then there is Calera. Rather than following the herd towards various spots along the Sonoma Coast, Josh Jensen decided to follow the lines going south in search of finding the perfect spot on the planet to grow grapes. Taking his cue from the great vineyards in Burgundy rich in limestone, he searched tirelessly to find land that would allow him to produce wines unique to the world, yet with respect and homage to the place where it all began. And while most of the cult Pinots from coastal northern California have waiting lists a mile long and charge some serious coin to get you admission, Calera is a true diamond in the rough, coming in at under $50!His journey off-the-grid took him to the site of an old limekiln in the Gavilan Mountains, Mount Harlan to be exact. Located 25 miles east of Monterey as the crow flies, this monolith of chalky goodness seemed like the perfect home for making world-class Pinot Noir. It took some serious stones to take the gamble, but Jensen was a pioneer in the industry, and knew he had to blaze his own trail in order to accomplish his goals. The results are extraordinary, as year after year, the Calera portfolio continues to churn out some of the most sought after wines the world has ever seen. Robert Parker agrees, stating, "Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but Planet Earth." Boom!

Pinot Noir
Mike Waller
17 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 30% new
Central Coast
Mt. Harlan
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Pinot Noir
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Wine Enthusiast

Concentrated aromas of red cherry liqueur, sagebrush and a hint of toasted oak show on the nose of this bottling, which is from a vintage that harvested less than a half-ton per acre from this vineyard. Sandalwood, chaparral scrub and earthy juniper play along with the cranberry and red plum flavors on the palate