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The Calista The Coast Range Pinot Noir has an SRP of $25 and can be found in the low $20’s (Saturday Splurge). 17,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
The Legend of Calista – The mythical Calista, a huntress and goddess, possessed grace, seductive charm and strength above all rivals. Inspired by Calista, or “most beautiful” in Greek, we created an alluring wine that captures her essence, drawn from our most exceptional Pinot Noir vineyards.
The Coast Range – There’s a stretch of hills that hug the Pacific Coast from Mendocino to Santa Barbara, known to native Californians as “The Great Coast Range.” The maritime climate across this range creates optimum vineyard conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Each county contributes a unique component to our signature blend.
Sonoma – Rich complexity & depth.
Mendocino – Charming raspberry & floral notes.
Monterey – Voluptuous dark berry flavors.
The 2012 Calista The Coast Range Pinot Noir begins with classic Pinot Noir aromas of red cherry, a bit of a floral note and excellent touches of baking spice. Add in a hint of earthy rhubarb and you’ve got one intriguing and inviting aroma. The wine tastes smooth and quite good with tasty black cherry, cola, raspberry and a bit more rhubarb. Those baking spice notes from the nose also carryover and come into full focus on the long, dry finish where you are left with lingering cinnamon spice. This would make a great pick for your Thanksgiving table!