Calera’s Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gabilan 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.
Now over two decades in age, the Pinot Noir plantings from Ryan Vineyard on Mt. Harlan have produced a beautifully vibrant and expressive wine with red cherry and cola aromas, as well as flavors of fresh plum, white pepper and cocoa. On the palate it is energetic and lively, with supple tannins and a bright, impeccably balanced 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.