2019 Westwood Pinot Noir, Annadel Gap, Sonoma Valley, Calera Clone
The Calera Clone Pinot Noir is rumored to have been brought to the United States by Josh Jensen for his Calera vineyard in Monterey and taken from cuttings selected by Jensen from one of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti vineyards in Burgundy, where Jensen apprenticed. Westwood acquired this clone of Pinot Noir from Calera vineyards and planted it in 2009. The Calera Clone is characterized by small berries and generally low yields per acre, which results in a more intense color than many Pinot Noirs and a good tannin structure suitable for aging. This single-clone bottling is an elegant and refined wine that displays a dark hue, elegant bouquet, plush texture, and persistent fruit finish. Savor every sip tonight through 2032+.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
More sappy green herbs, mint, and darker cherry notes emerge from the 2019 Pinot Noir Calera Clone Annadel Gap Vineyard, a fresh, medium-bodied, wonderfully balanced Pinot Noir that has loads to love. With nicely integrated acidity, silky tannins, and a great finish, I see no reason it shouldn’t evolve for 8-10 years if stored properly.