"The biggest, richest wine in the lineup is the 327-case 2013 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard, which comes from the 4.8-acre Selleck Vineyard (this is one of the warmer terroirs on the estate). It was harvested from September 24th to October 4th, spending 18 months in 30% new puncheons before being bottled unfiltered. This is a blockbuster, rich, concentrated and textured Pinot Noir that has bright acidity, a huge core of fruit and layers of framboise, red currants, forest floor, mint, dried flowers and exotic spices. Needing air to show at its best, this beauty is up with the 2012 and absolutely one of the finest Pinot Noirs coming out of California. This totally profound wine will be better in a year or two and drink well for over a decade." –Aug-16
"An exuberant style, with an expressive mix of zesty blackberry and wild berry fruit, offering alluring floral scents of violet and spice. Holds focus and glides along gracefully on the finish, where the tannins give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2022."
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 2200 feet it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California.
Fruit comes from organically farmed vines planted in 1975 with south/southwest exposures.
Each lot is pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. It is aged without racking in those barrels (30% new) for
18 months. The lots are then combined and the resultant wine is bottled without filtration, as always. (327 cs)
In 2013, they saw decreasing yields due to the second year of a drought with only 6.5 inches of rain for the entire season. Warm spring temperatures brought on an early bud break but fortunately remained warm with no threats of frost. The summer months were fairly mild with abundant sunshine allowing them to pick the
grapes with high acid and mature flavors.