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.
The 2004 Mills displays an intensely varietal aroma with notes of blackberry, raspberry and
cassis along with accents of dried wild herbs and menthol. Ripe fruit flavors on the palate
are enhanced by hints of black tea, subtle toasted oak and licorice. This is a powerful wine,
full bodied with crisp acidity and enough smooth tannin to ensure that it will age beautifully
for years to come.
"This venerable winery, which has thirty years of history (long by California standards), has turned out a bevy of new releases. The 2004 Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with seductive, sweet aromas of black raspberries, black cherries, spring flowers, and spice. It possesses beautiful red and black fruits, good acidity, full body, and more tannin, but less spice than the Reed cuvee. This complex, fruit-driven Pinot Noir will benefit from 1-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 10-15 years."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate