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.
Planted in 1984, at an elevation of 2,200 feet, Mills Vineyard has yielded an effortlessly complex wine that strikes a lovely balance between elegance and energy, with alluring aromas of raspberry, cherry, bramble and sweet saddle leather. On the palate, lush layers of plum and ripe blackberry are underscored by supple tannins, with a hint of tobacco leaf adding nuance and sophistication to the robust finish.
After a cool winter, the 2020 growing season began with spring rains that replenished our soils on Mt. Harlan and set the stage for an excellent vintage. After a late-March budbreak, we enjoyed temperate, sunny days and cool nights throughout spring and summer, allowing the grapes to slowly ripen, while preserving the bright natural acids that we prize. With no significant heat events, the 2020 vintage produced age-worthy wines with enticing aromatics, lovely freshness and purity, and beautifully delineated varietal flavors.
0.66 g/100 ml
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak 30% new, 70% neutral