Calera is one of California’s top pioneer producers. Founded in 1974 by Josh Jensen, who took his cue from the great domaines of Burgundy in his quest for the perfect terroir, Calera quickly established itself as a benchmark producer, creating wonderful Pinot Noir in the Gavilan Mountains. Calera continued its innovative run through the 1980s, when it was one of the first wineries in California to plant Viognier. Certified organic, the 31-hectare estate is located at high elevations, 2200 feet above sea level on average, and produces several single vineyard pinot noirs as well as outstanding Chardonnay, Viognier, Aligoté and Central Coast blends.
Over the past four decades, Jensen and his team have acquired a reputation for their consistently excellent, internationally recognised wines. Calera has been honoured by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Top 100 Wineries in the World” four times, with Robert Parker calling Calera “California’s Romanée-Conti.”
Today we are excited to offer the 2017 Calera Mount Harlan Chardonnay. Scoring a fantastic 96 points from Wine Enthusiast’s Matt Kettman, who describes the 2017 iteration as “epic “, this is a sleek and sophisticated expression of cool-climate Chardonnay.
The 2017 vintage was a good one for Calera where a wet winter, with more than double the average annual rainfall, made for what they termed “very happy vineyards“. The Mount Harlan Chardonnay now spends 15 months in 30% new oak barrels, rather than the 11 or so that were common in the past, this additional time softens some of the contours and adds sleekness.
At just £275 per case of 6 in bond, Mount Harlan Chardonnay represents fantastic value for money considering the quality on display here.
This wine is due in next month so if you would like to order, do let me know and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.
Calera Mount Harlan Chardonnay 2017 – (6x75cl)
£275 per case 6 IB
96 Points | Wine Enthusiast
Hailing from Josh Jensen’s iconic vineyard at 2,200 feet above the Salinas Valley, this is an epic Chardonnay, loaded with clean, lively aromas of cherimoya, honeysuckle, sweet cream, crisp peach, struck flint and chive. The palate is tightly wound, with flavors of lemon spray, seared nectarine, sea salt and toasted oak. (M.K)
93 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Chardonnay Mount Harlan went through full malolactic and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak. The nose unfurls to mushroom tart, prosciutto, baked quince and golden apples with a streak of crushed shell/saline plus accents of orange blossoms, jasmine and hazelnuts. Light to medium-bodied, it’s minerally on the entry, slowly spreading savory wings in the mouth, lifted by tangy acidity and finishing long, bright and mineral again. I love the dynamic character of this wine. (E.B)
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