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.
Cropped at minuscule yields of 0.63 tons per acre, the 2014 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard was my favorite of these single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from Calera.
What a graceful, gorgeously integrated bouquet of raspberry, sandalwood, juicy Marionberry, plum, white pepper and a captivating savory element. The sensuous mouthfeel is juicy and taut all at once; a wonderful juxtaposition and basis for complexity, it’s intimate and flirty with flavors of orange rind, honeysuckle and a whisper of rose petal with a rich long persistent finish.
Little rainfall in 2014 led us into our third year of a drought. Warm spring temperatures and brilliant sunshine through the summer made for a fantastic growing season, but yields were severely affected by the lack of rainwater. This made for a fast, furious and early harvest. We picked the entire Selleck vineyard on September 14th. Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for seventeen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.