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2017 Calera Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard
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.
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Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 30% new, 20% second vintage, 50% neutral
Year after year, the 1975 plantings of Selleck Vineyard produce a wine of stunning poise and power, with silky tannins and lush, pure flavors. Offering layers of juicy black cherry, blackberry, tea leaves and cracked pepper, this is an impeccably balanced wine, with a bright, harmonious finish.
A wet winter, with more than double our average annual rainfall, made for very happy vineyards in 2017. While budbreak arrived slightly later than usual, warm spring weather led to excellent fruit sets at our Mt. Harlan vineyards, with above-average yields for both Pinot Noir and our white varieties. Thanks to the abundant early season rains, and Mt. Harlan’s high elevation and marine-influenced climate, our estate vineyards weathered a significant Labor Day heat event wonderfully, producing complex and elegant wines, with beautifully balanced acids and sugars.
October 7 - 9, 2017
24.8° Brix at harvest
0.66 g/100 ml titratable acidity
17 months in barrel
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