2019 Calera Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard
Planted in 1984, at an elevation of 2,200 feet, Mills Vineyard consistently yields an effortlessly complex wine that strikes a lovely balance between elegance and energy. Offering the classic red berry and cherry flavors that Mills is known for, along with deeper layers of lush black fruit, thyme and white pepper, there is a graceful suppleness to this wine that carries it to a sleek, focused finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Planted in 1984 and located at an elevation of 2,200 feet, the prized old vines of Mills Vineyard produced an exquisite Pinot Noir in 2019. On the palate this wine is elegantly vivacious, with juicy red berry and cherry flavors underscored by sophisticated layers of jasmine, citrus zest and earthy forest floor, all of which carry the wine to a long red berry and sweet baking spice 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.
0.68 g/100 ml
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak 30% new, 70% neutral
Whole cluster fermented with native yeast