The Ryan Vineyard was named for Jim Ryan, Calera's vineyard manager since 1979. The honor was a complete surprise to Jim until he saw the first vintage (2002) in bottle.
The 2011 Ryan Vineyard presents with Graceful aromas of rose petal, tea, cassis and clay accent a beautiful strawberry brick hue. This wine is firmly structured & intense with classic Mt Harlan mineral purity. Mouthwatering flavors of cranberry, sour cherry and calcium offer fascinating tension with the taut, well integrated tannins offering a bright and very complex wine, and definitely a candidate for cellaring.
Antonio Galloni (AG): 92
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard impresses for its depth and mid-palate density. Dark red and black stone fruit, leather and cloves are some of the notes that take shape in a pliant, yet structured Pinot that should drink well for many years. The Ryan finishes with substantial intensity and pulsating energy."