Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Mt. Harlan|
Wild cherry, thyme, sagebrush and light bay leaf aromas converge on the nose of this bottling, which is relatively mellow to start but opens considerable with patience. Roasted cherry, cherry-pit and juniper flavors align on the palate, which is full-throttle in flavor and structure. Drink 2021-2036.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard, from own-rooted vines, is one of the more open-knit wines in this range. Soft and gracious, with medium-bodied structure, the 2016 is nicely understated, but it also does not have the layered quality found in so many wines. Overall though, the Mills feels a bit stressed, an impression that is reinforced by the dried fruit, tobacco and licorice flavors. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later.
Intense cedar and cooking spice hints accent the Christmas pudding flavors. The drying finish features cola nut notes. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 940 cases made.
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