Ben says

★★ Great Wine Mid-ruby with along gradient showing some age. It’s intense on the nose with dried strawberries rolled in black pepper, a black tea-like note, crushed cranberries and cedar oak. On the palate it’s full, almost voluptuous but still tight and fresh like great Pinot should be, with lots of dried fruit, mushroomy-truffle tones, and a tangy, damson-like finish that’s long and fresh. A really nice Pinot, perhaps a bit hot and smoky, but brilliantly made.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Pinot Noir with 14.5% abv. Aged for 10 months in French oak, of which only 10% is new wood.

Grown in: Central Coast, California, USA.

Food Pairing

Great Pinot Noir has a knack to pair well with almost anything, but the intense dried fruit notes brought on by the heat of this wine’s terroir means its got a great deal of fruit intensity. It’s this element that makes Calera Pinot Noir a fine match with richer game dishes, especially venison, but also very umami dishes that use mushrooms or soy.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased at full retail price. Available for ~£37 from 9 Elms Wines.

Reviewed and tasted: 12/10/2023

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Calera is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay because of winegrower Josh Jensen’s dedication to site location. Determined to express a sense of place and recreate the great wines of Burgundy, Jensen sought out a location in California that had similar traits to the limestone hills of Burgundy but would give his wines a unique Californian style. He settled on the site of an old limekiln in Central Coast near the Gavalan Mountains; today his wines are revered at home and on the export market.