90 points- Wine Enthuiast
92 Insider Points
"This is plush and tasty, with lots of fresh, ripe fruit flavors verging on sweet, but it also has great acidity and appetizing tannins to rein in all that flavor and achieve balance. The flavors resemble raspberry, ripe red cherry and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s medium to full bodied, dry and finishes with a nice tartness."- Wine Enthusiast
The 2012 Coast Range Pinot Noir from Calista is absolutely delicious, Juicy and flavorful with all the nuance of a top tier producer. Expect ripe red fruit, rose petal and leather on the nose, leading to a palate of red cherry and plum, with a vibrant acidity and smooth tannin on the finish. A great bottle of wine at a great price, don’t miss this new release. Enjoy now through 2019. - DZ Sept 2016
Sonoma, Mendocino, Monterey
“This is plush and tasty, with lots of fresh, ripe fruit flavors… but it also has great acidity and appetizing tannins to rein in all that flavor and achieve balance,” boasts the Wine Enthusiast, which gave this surprise standout a 90-point score.
It certainly helped that this coastal blend of the top three Pinot AVAs in the state came from the insanely successful 2012 vintage, a year that scored 96, 95 and 95 points respectively from WE for the three appellations in question. The “ideal growing season” (according to the Spectator) definitely contributed to the balance and complexity of this Pinot from Calista, but a portion of the credit must also go to the Anderson Valley, Russian River and Santa Lucia AVAs themselves and to a winemaking program that expertly allows for each appellation to express itself gracefully. The result is a buoyant and bright Pinot Noir with snappy pomegranate and raspberry fruit offset by sassafras and cinnamon spice. A floral note on the nose and palate and a finish of black plum and roasted coffee elevate this Pinot way up from the pack and make for a memorable drink with salmon, poultry and anything cheese-based.
Reasons why we love it:
Many in the industry have refered to 2012 as the vintage of the century when it comes to Pinot Noir. From the North counties way down the Central Coast, a warm and dry growing period with next to zero spikes in heat made for evenly and beautifully ripe Pinot grapes.
California’s “Great Coast Range” is a massively long stretch of mountains running parallel to the ocean and lasting from the northern reaches of Mendocino County all the way to the southern portion of Santa Barbara County. As much of the land within was a sea floor some 30 million years ago, the terroir here is high in mineral content, and the coastal influence from the nearby Pacific makes this a sweet spot for Pinot.
Calista aged this juicy, medium-to-full-bodied Pinot Noir in 100% French oak (30% new) for a total of 14 months.
The 2012 Calista Coast Range Pinot Noir is deep ruby red in color with aromatics of dried cherries, rose petal, violet and roasted coffee bean. Rhubarb, cherry and notes of cranberry flow through the palate to a balanced and lengthy finish of mixed dark fruit and black tea.
The mythical Greek Goddess Calista was a huntress who possessed grace, seductive charm and strength above all rivals. Inspired by Calista, or "most beautiful" in Greek, Calista has created an alluring wine that captures her essence drawn from the most exceptional Pinot Noir vineyards.
This versatile 2012 Calista Pinot Noir pairs really well with pulled pork, seared salmon and bbq.