2019 Chamisal Vineyards Califa Pinot Noir
93 points, Wine Enthusiast
Much of the fruit for our Califa bottling comes from the eastern slopes of our famed Morrito block so it shares some of the characteristics of our flagship pinot. We also blend in fruit from some of the best blocks on the northern edge of our property to make this wine a little more forward and open. We are crafting a wine here that is the best combination of power and pleasure.
The 2019 Califa Pinot Noir leaps from the glass with an incredibly intense and expressive nose, redolent of ripe blackberries, bay leaf, graham cracker crust, and strawberry preserves. The bright fruit notes carry through to the palate, framed by structured tannins and a rich, intense mouthfeel balanced by juicy acidity. Pair with roast duck breast, mushroom risotto, or a washed-rind cheese like aleggio.