Typically Calera’s most luscious, delicious wine in youth. The year 2007 was kind, and the result is a Pinot rich in cherries, raspberries, licorice and cola, wrapped into a silky texture, with near perfect acids and tannins. As good as it is now, it should develop over the next 6–8 years.
The vintage was a very good one for Calera, offering the heat needed for ripeness but the cool nights for acidity. Mills is a ripe, delicious wine with blackberry, cherry, cola, mint and spice flavors resting on a complex, multi-layered palate that finishes firm and dry. Supple now, it should drink well for ten years.
Sometimes a young Pinot is deceptive. This wine is young and silky, supple and fruity and has some sharp acidity, but it doesn’t overwhelm. It’s the kind of wine that doesn’t overshadow food. But it’s excellent Pinot. The depth of flavor and long finish suggest aging possibilities, but there’s no reason not to drink and enjoy it now.
The oak dominates now, with vanilla, char and wood sap flavors covering the underlying fruit. Tannins, too. This is a dry, shut-down Pinot Noir, although rich meats will tickle it into life. Try aging through 2008.
Tough and gritty in youth, this Pinot is quite tannic, giving it a mouthfeel that resists immediate pleasure. However, it’s dry, silky and elegant, with a rich core of cherries, minerals, cola, sweet Provençal herbs and sandalwood. It’s a fine wine that needs time in the cellar, perhaps as much as a decade. The score reflects its potential.
The heat of the vintage took its toll, giving us a soft, melted wine whose deficit of acidity makes the superripe cherry and raspberry flavors taste syrupy sweet. There’s no getting around this problem, even though the wine is not without its charms. Drink now.