Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2012

$39.99

SKU 1223

750ml

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Bright honeysuckle, sandalwood, honeydew melon and Asian pear are typical aromas for this classic Chardonnay from our high elevation, limestone laden Mt Harlan vineyard inland from the chilly Monterey Bay. Restrained flavors of apricots, Meyer lemon chiffon, vanilla crème caramel, bosc pear and a tiny hint of wild fennel wrap around the soft, round elegant core with a whisper of sweet French oak and butterscotch. This wine is just a baby and will develop amazing complexity for years to come.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Brand Calera
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateShowing more tension and energy, the 2012 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan is an incredible effort that exudes ripe apple, white peach, white flowers and mint aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled, the acidity is beautifully integrated, and the wine builds in richness and depth with time in the glass. Coming from limestone soils, 100% barrel-fermented and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak, it's a brilliant Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-5 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014
  • v92

VinousThe flagship 2012 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan is drop-dead gorgeous. Smoke, flint, white peach and pear notes burst from the glass in an energetic, vibrant Chardonnay loaded with intensity and class. The 2012 deftly balances texture and the transparency that is the hallmark of hillside vineyards. This is all class.

Antonio Galloni
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorOffers ample flavors and good intensity, with apricot, smoky oak and tangerine notes that are pure and clean. Drink now through 2018.

James Laube, March 31, 2014
  • we86

Wine EnthusiastCaramel, oak and intensely ripe mango and peach flavors mark this Chardonnay. It's simple and straightforward, but pleasant drinking.

Steve Heimoff, February 1, 2014