Josh Jensen learned from the best on his way to building his iconic brand. The American wine pioneer and founder of Calera, spent years in Burgundy learning from some of the best before starting his own winery in the Central Coast of California. His mentors told him that in order to grow great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, you had to find limestone soil, so Josh spent the next two years going up and down California looking for just that.
About 100 miles south of San Francisco he found a limestone rich parcel near Mt. Harlan that caught his eye. He purchased a small plot and began planting. In his first few years, he made only Zinfandel from other peoples’ vineyards in order to fund his winemaking. Then, when his Burgundian plantings began to bear fruit, that was all she wrote.
Robert Parker famously said “Calera is one of the most compelling Pinot Noir specialists of not only the New World, but of Planet Earth.” Josh has was recognized by Wine Spectator in 2013 as the Cover photo and the featured article. His wines have been turning heads for decades now.
I’m not sure how but I was able to snag 20 cases of this wine for an unbelievable price. Will it happen again? No, probably not. But that doesn’t matter. The chance to snag a few bottles of this 2016 Central Coast gem is an opportunity I wouldn’t pass up. 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast and an “Editor’s Choice” designate. Amazingly, 40% off on bottle one.
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91 Points (Editor’s Choice), Wine Enthusiast
The nose of this wine is sharp and precise in tones of chalk, tangerine cream, dried lemon and crushed nuts. There’s a strong mineral quality through the entire palate that accents flavors of lemon juice and yellow pear.