Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013


SKU 02465


A Burgundy lover at heart, native Californian Josh Jensen made his first vintage in California in 1975. He was introduced to fine wines early in life by a family friend. After graduating from Oxford, he lived in France for several years, becoming fluent in French and learning about French wines with lengthy visits to Bordeaux, Alsace and Champagne and of course, Burgundy. During that time, he made the decision to turn his love of Burgundian wines into his life's work. To that end, he worked two harvests in Burgundy: in 1970 at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and in 1971 at Domain Dujac. He returned to California in 1971 to start looking for land. It has been his mission to produce outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Viognier wines in California, and his most recent releases reflect the culmination of his greatest goals.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Brand Calera
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastA stunning range of black sage, fresh bay leaf, hearty mulberry, exotic cinnamon, raw beef and baking spice converge for a rugged yet pretty nose on this bottling from a vineyard planted in 1975. Elderberry and elderflower show on the sip, as do beet juice, dried ginger, crushed rocks, potting soils and a concentrated potpourri of purple flowers.

Matt Kettmann, September 1, 2016
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateFrom an accountant crushing yield of 1.12 tons per acre, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard was aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a beautiful array of sappy flowers, forest floor and darker raspberry and cherry fruits to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless, silky style on the palate that continues to flesh out and gain richness with time in the glass. Like all of Josh's wines, it's impeccably balanced and has first rate purity of fruit, ripe tannin structure and a great finish. It certainly offers incredible pleasure today, yet will be even better with short term cellaring and will have 15 years of overall longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2016
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorDense, with plum, blackberry and blueberry flavors, this firmly tannic version shows a sense of elegance and suppleness. Stylish and revealing new flavor nuances. Drink now through 2023. 1,071 cases made.

James Laube, September 30, 2016