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.
To preserve its more delicate aromas while creating a lovely textural quality, this cool-climate Viognier was fermented entirely in concrete. On the nose, dazzling aromas of lemongrass and stone fruits leap from the glass. The palate is beautifully round and flowing, revealing flavors of juicy peach, nectarine and lemon zest, with an undercurrent of bright acidity adding energy and elegance to the bright, lingering 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.