Calera’s Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gavilan Mountains 25 miles east of the Monterey Bay. The site was chosen for its limestone soils and ideal climate. At an average elevation of 2,200 feet it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California.
Varietal Content: 100% Viognier; Winemaking: 13 months, sur lie, 100% French oak - 50% neutral oak
20% stainless steel and 30% concrete tanks
Aromas of jasmine, brioche and apricot waft from this enticing Viognier. On the palate, flavors of orange creamsicle and honeysuckle are underscored by fine-grained tannins, which add poise and nuance to a vibrant, acid-driven finish.
Though the 2015 growing season resulted in the earliest harvest ever at Calera, the quality of the vintage is exceptional, with our 2015 Mt. Harlan Pinot Noirs displaying elegant textures, with beautiful depth and complexity. A dry winter was followed by an early spring, which resulted in our vines blooming early, in mid-April. With little winter rainfall, 2015 also marked our fourth year of drought. While this led to lower thanaverage yields, the small crop and a consistently warm summer ensured that the grapes ripened perfectly, with extremely well-balanced acid and Brix levels. Harvest began on August 26th with the majority of our grapes arriving in the winery in pristine condition by September 15th.
September 22 – September 23, 2015
24.5° Brix at harvest
0.74 g/100 ml titratable acidity
20 days fermentation at 65°F, 100% malolactic fermentation