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 Composition: 100% Chardonnay; 100% barrel fermented and aged for 15 months, 30% new French oak
Grown high on the limestone-rich soils of Mt. Harlan, this wine is an aromatic beauty, revealing layers of jasmine, citrus, stone fruits and chaparral. On the palate, it is both lush and lively, with alluring layers of white peach, vanilla bean and lemon zest balanced by bright cool-climate acidity and a soft, supple mouthfeel that adds to the lingering richness of the finish.
While a cool, wet winter and spring on Mt. Harlan led to a late budbreak in our vineyards, moderate summer temperatures with no late-season heat events ensured that the fruit enjoyed abundant hangtime. Harvest began in late September and continued throughout October, resulting in elegant and age-worthy whites with lovely underlying power, and graceful and dynamic reds with complex layers of bright fruit and savory spice.