Critical Acclaim: 99 pts Jeb Dunnuck; 97 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Tasting Notes: "The 2021 Pinot Noir Pomarium. is packed with notes of black cherry liqueur and kirsch, pure ripe fruit, a touch of sage, and sweet earth. It’s more grounded and muscular, with ripe, broad tannins, and has great depth as well as a grounded nature, with good fruit throughout. Drink over 2016-2046."- Jeb Dunnuck.
"The 2021 Estate Pinot Noir Pomarium is notable this vintage for its balance of concentrated fruit and vibrant freshness. Its broody scents of cranberry sauce, mushroom and conifer give way to licorice and Angostura bitters as it spends time in the glass. Its concentrated flavors defy its youthfully reluctant aromas, offering wave after wave of perfumed fruit. It has a fine, chalky frame and focused acidity that drives its long, layered finish. It drinks beautifully straight from the bottle, but it may have more to offer in another 3-5 years."- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
About the Wine: Pomarium is the more broad-shouldered, savory and dark-fruited cuvée with a floral whiff of San Francisco hippie. The fruit flavors lean to berry and plum skin notes. The presence on the palate is larger framed than our other Pinot noirs, though not necessarily due to riper blocks in the blend but to silky tannins that ballast black fruit and earth- driven flavors. The distinctly earthy characteristics are somewhat akin to stepping on dried pine needles in a conifer forest mid-summer; or, smelling the scent of sagebrush and incense on Jim Morrison while he’s waxing poetic under the stars. The mouth, oftentimes, has hints of licorice, lead, black tea, and serrano ham. After making fifteen vintages of Pomarium, we have a pretty good idea of what clones and blocks will comprise the core of the blend. With tinkering due to vintage expression and block development, Pomarium usually includes Dijon clones 667, all three of the Calera heritage selections, and often 777 and 115 (and, oddly enough, not our Pommard selection).
Varietal: Pinot Noir.