94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2019 Calera Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir Reed 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.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Planted in 1975 and with a northern exposure, Reed is always the last vineyard harvested on Mt. Harlan each year, yielding a wine with lovely energy and fascinating aromatic complexity. Luxurious aromas of black cherry and cardamom rise from the glass, followed by hints of cantaloupe and fresh-cracked pepper. On the palate, velvety tannins and dramatic dark fruit layers take center stage, carrying the wine to a rich, silky 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.
0.63 g/100 ml
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak 30% new, 70% neutral
Whole cluster fermented with native yeast