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Sunrise over Jensen Vineyard

Mt. Harlan Vineyards

Calera’s vineyards soar at an average of 2200 feet above sea level and are cooled by the direct flow of cold marine air off the Pacific Ocean through the Monterey Bay coast, towards the upper elevations of the Gavilan Mountain Range and Mt. Harlan. The elevation further moderates the climate in what many expect to be a hot growing region reducing the temperature about three degrees for every 1000 feet of height in elevation.

CCOF - Certified Organic

CCOF

In 2008 the Mt. Harlan vineyards were certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) for organic farming practices. Like much of California the summer growing season is very dry which reduces the need for pesticides. Instead, beneficial insects to reduce pest bug populations, compost mixtures to enhance the organic content of the mountain soils, and cover crop methods to improve soil nutrient levels are natural ways to combat any viticultural problems. A dedicated vineyard crew makes multiple trips through the vines on a daily basis to ensure appropriate vineyard management to produce the best fruit possible. The fruit of their labor is precious with crops rarely exceeding two tons per acre, emphasizing quality over quantity.


Mt. Harlan Vineyards

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Mt. Harlan Vineyards

Selleck Vineyard

Calera Selleck Vineyard Feature Image
Selleck Vineyard Exposure

Exposure
South/Southwest facing

Selleck Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
4.8 acres

Selleck Vineyard Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

Selleck Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Selleck Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Decomposed granite, limestone outcroppings, very rocky

Planted in 1975, Selleck is named after Dr. George Selleck, a family friend who first introduced Josh to wine. It produces concentrated and complex wines with great perfume and Burgundian style with great aging potential.


Reed Vineyard

Calera Reed Vineyard Feature Image
Reed Vineyard Exposure

Exposure
North and Northeast facing

Reed Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
6.04 acres

Reed Vineyard Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

Reed Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Reed Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Deepest and darkest soil with more clay than other vineyards

Planted in 1975, Reed is named after William (Bill) G. Reed, Sr. one of Josh’s original partners and investors and a close friend. Wines from these vineyards are forward and aromatic, lighter and somewhat exotic with exceptional softness on the palate.


Jensen Vineyard

Calera Jensen Vineyard Feature Image
Jensen Vineyard Exposure

Exposure
Four hillside blocks, each with a different exposure

Jensen Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
13.8 acres

Jensen Vineyard Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

Jensen Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Jensen Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

Planted in 1975, Jensen is named after Stephen Jensen, Josh’s father. It produces impeccably balanced, rich, round and age-worthy wines.


Mills Vineyard

Calera Mills Vineyard Feature Image
Mills Vineyard Exposure

Exposure
Southeast facing hillsides slope towards Harlan Creek

Mills Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
14.4 acres

Mills Vineyard Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

Mills Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Mills Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone - Planted on its own roots with material from the original pinot noir vineyards

Planted in 1984, Mills is named for Everett Mills, a neighbor and friend who always kept an eye on Josh’s progress during the early development years. It produces wines that are fragrant and spicy, with broad round tannins and a long finish.


Ryan Vineyard

Calera Ryan Vineyard Feature Image
Ryan Vineyard Exposure

Exposure
West/Southwest facing, our highest vineyard reaching 2500 feet above sea level

Ryan Vineyard Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
13.1 acres

Ryan Vineyard Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

Ryan Vineyard Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Ryan Vineyard Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

Planted in 1998, Ryan is named after Jim Ryan, Calera’s vineyard manager since 1979, a surprise to Jim until he saw the first vintage in bottle in 2002. The young vines from the Ryan vineyard produce wines of bright, lively red fruit just beginning to hint at that definitive Mt. Harlan minerality.


de Villiers

Calera de Villiers Feature Image
de Villiers Exposure

Exposure
Planted between Mills and Jensen, generally East facing

de Villiers Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
15.6 acres

de Villiers Grapes

Grapes
Pinot Noir

de Villiers Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

de Villiers Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

Planted in 1997, de Villiers is named for Marq de Villiers, author of "The Heartbreak Grape", which tells the creation story of Calera. The wines it produces are showy and forward with chewy and juicy fruit character, and a rich, lush round mouthfeel.


Viognier

Calera Viognier Feature Image
Viognier Exposure

Exposure
Southwest facing slope

Viognier Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
2.2 acres

Viognier Grapes

Grapes
Viognier

Viognier Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Viognier Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

Planted in 1983,  this is some of the first Viognier planted in California, the southerly exposure created conditions in which the vines had an early struggle but the payoff has been worthwhile. Its low yields offer up concentration and intense aromatics but maintain a characteristic minerality rarely found in this grape elsewhere in California.


Chardonnay

Calera Chardonnay Feature Image
Chardonnay Exposure

Exposure
South/Southwest exposure, gentle slope

Chardonnay Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
6.1 acres

Chardonnay Grapes

Grapes
Chardonnay

Chardonnay Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Chardonnay Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

This older Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1984. This vineyard was planted on its own roots using plant material from stray Chardonnay vines that were found interspersed among the Pinot vines of the original vineyards. Each year this vineyard yields only slightly more than 2 tons per acre of very intense flavorful Chardonnay fruit. Leaner and more mineral than a typical California Chardonnay the wines carry a creamy texture and a leanness that are unique due to the limestone soil


Young Chardonnay

Calera Young Chardonnay Feature Image
Young Chardonnay Exposure

Exposure
Opposing southwest and northeast facing blocks

Young Chardonnay Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
4.3 acres

Young Chardonnay Grapes

Grapes
Chardonnay

Young Chardonnay Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Young Chardonnay Soil Type

Soil Type
Rootstock is 5C, 110R, 1103P

The younger Chardonnay was planted in 1998. It produces wines with a full, creamy texture that fills the palate while wowing the taster with restrained yet rich flavors accented by Mt. Harlan’s signature limestone minerality


Aligotè

Calera Aligotè Feature Image
Aligotè Exposure

Exposure
Southwest & Northern exposures

Aligotè Acreage/Size

Acreage/Size
0.2 acre

Aligotè Grapes

Grapes
Aligotè

Aligotè Sub-appellation

Sub-appellation
Mt. Harlan

Aligotè Soil Type

Soil Type
Limestone

(1998) Calera is one of the original producers of Aligoté in California. Approximately half an acre total is in production between locations in the Jensen and original Chardonnay vineyards.


Selleck (4.8 acres) Reed (4.4 acres) Jensen (13.8 acres) Mills (14.4 acres) Ryan (13.1 acres) De Villiers (15.6 acres) Aligoté (0.4 acres) Viognier (5.3 acres) Chardonnay (6.1 acres) Young Chardonnay (4.3 acres) The Calera
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