Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 / 750 ml.

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SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 15, 2014
Tight, with a gritty, earthy edge to the firm strawberry, dark berry, violet, spice and cedar notes, gaining depth and ending with a persistent finish. Should gain with age. Drink now through 2022. 1,314 cases made.

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SP90 90 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jun 15, 2014)

Tight, with a gritty, earthy edge to the firm strawberry, dark berry, violet, spice and cedar notes, gaining depth and ending with a persistent finish. Should gain with age. Drink now through 2022. 1,314 cases made.

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SKU 77365
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir
Country United States
Region California
District Central Coast
Product Location - Location-Appellation Mount Harlan
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Calera
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2011
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Pinot Noir
Primary Grape Pinot Noir
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No

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