"Deeper and richer than the Jensen, the blockbuster-style 2012 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1975 and wasn't harvested until October 4. A big, rich, layered Pinot Noir that offers tight, reserved notes of blackcurrants, truffle, crushed rocks, forest floor and sassafras, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful acidity and building, fine tannin that come through on the awesome finish. With air, it turns more and more mineral-laced and earthy, showing even a touch of gaminess. This beauty has terrific depth and richness without ever being over the top. Still a baby, give it a few years in the cellar, and enjoy bottles over the following decade. Bravo to Josh Jenson for this smokin' effort!" –August 2015
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.
Vineyards have a south/southwest exposure with limestone soils. Fruit is
pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels and then aged
without racking in those barrels (30% new) for 18 months.
All of our Mt Harlan vineyards are Organically Farmed and Certified by CCOF
2012 was one of those ideal growing seasons. The spring temperatures were warm
and sunny, and summer temperatures were moderate with clear blue skies. The
crop levels were very balanced and allowed fruit to hang until the ideal
time of ripeness.