The most weightless and ethereal wine in this lineup, the 2012 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard speaks above all else to finesse. Rose petal, sweet red berries, orange peel, mint and spices gradually open up in a feminine Pinot long on class. Deceptively medium in body, the 2012 is likely to flesh out a bit more in bottle, although I imagine it will always remain classically restrained in style. Calera’s Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gavilan Mountains 25 miles east of the Monterey Bay. The site was chosen for its limestone soils and ideal climate. At an average elevation of 2,200 feet it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California.
Winemakers Notes Reed Vineyard is such a distinctive site at Calera the north facing slope makes wines slightly tawny in color and fascinatingly earthy, gamey, floral, brambly and spicy in the bouquet. It’s a very perfumed woodsy wine with cola, dried chili, plum, cassis and rose petal on the palate. The texture is alluring delicate yet strong like a ballerina. Vintage and Winemaking 2012 was one of those ideal growing seasons.
The spring temperatures were warm and sunny, and summer temperatures were moderate with clear blue skies. The crop levels were very balanced and allowed us to hang the fruit until the magical time of ripeness. Reed Vineyard was harvested in two passes on October 20th and October 23rd. Each day’s picking became a separate lot up until shortly before bottling. Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for eighteen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.