2018 Connoisseur's Pinot Noir
Explore our terroir with a horizontal of our three Connoisseur cuvées from the 2018 vintage. Each cuvée represents a different block of our vineyard, highlighting the diversity of our soil & gradual rise in elevation.
Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir grapes are grown in the vineyard blocks closest to the ocean with some of the darkest soils on the estate and is always our boldest Pinot Noir. This deep ruby-colored cuvée exudes aromas of black raspberry, cassis and plum with warm earth and savory notes. The palate is succulent with layers of black currant, boysenberry, and cherry with beet root, cocoa and spice. The integrated, well-structured tannins carry throughout the long, polished finish that is enlivened with acidity. This wine is drinking beautifully now and will cellar for years to come.
This pure expression of a single clone, from our unique terraced block, captures the essence, character and purity of the Calera Clone. Expansive aromatics of red currant, raspberry, black tea and violets unfold with complexity. The fruit driven palate reveals a graceful core of ripe cherry, black currant, wild berry and just a touch of tart juicy plum followed by a persistent lush finish.With its lively acidity and balanced structure this charming Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully upon release and is certain to cellar with great finesse.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Stemmy and earthy in forest floor, this memorably balanced, elegant and coastal wine shows a wealth of tangy red fruit, a mix of plum and wild strawberry. Sultry and seamless on the palate, the tannins are silky and well-integrated, exhibiting a graceful, high-toned freshness. - Virginie Boone, August 2021.