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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2009
Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 107248)
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Mt Harlan Chardonnay entices with an alluring mineral, peach gelato bouquet and notes of gooseberry, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and golden apple. It is a statuesque wine; elegant, savory and velvety, with its gentle, creamy texture yet pronounced structure, hinting towards this vineyards proven, astounding aging potential, although admittedly it is wonderful to drink young as well.
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About Calera:

Calera is a small ultra-premium winery located in the limestone-rich Gavilan Mountains, east of Monterey and south of Hollister, California. Josh Jensen planted Calera's first 23 acres of Pinot Noir in 1975. An additional 26.6 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier were planted in the 1980s, and 33 more acres, mostly Pinot Noir but also some additional Chardonnay, in 1997 and 1998. All these parces are in the Mt. Harlan AVA that was created in 1990. Calera produces 8 single-vineyard wines from Mt. Harlan, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from grapes purchased from selected vineyards in the Central Coast regions.