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.
Crafted from our prized estate Viognier grown at soaring elevations reaching 2,200 feet, this radiant wine invites a first sip with tantalizing aromas of white peach, apricot, lemon and honeysuckle. The pure citrus and stone fruit layers are echoed on the supple, mouthcoating palate, where they are framed by refreshing acidity that drives the wine to a poised, energetic 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.