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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2011
Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 120014)
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 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:

This beautiful Chardonnay is just a baby with a long, full life ahead, yet is captivating now with its bouquet of pippin apple, Meyer lemon, mandarin and vanilla cream. It glides across your palate with sensual softness, lively tartness and firm structure all at once. The spice and minerality underscore a hint of light caramel and white peach custard, then trail off slowly and gracefully.
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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.