2010 Calera Viognier Estate

Year: 2010
Appellation: Mount Harlan
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
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"The 2010 Viognier Mt. Harlan, from estate-grown fruit, takes things to another level. Mint, white flowers, pears and peaches are some of the notes that emerge from this transparent, weightless wine. There is plenty of richness but no heaviness whatsoever in the glass. A beautifully chiseled finish rounds things out nicely. The Viognier Mt. Harlan was whole-cluster pressed and aged in French oak barrels with no rackings until it was prepared for bottling. This is a fabulous showing from Calera. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

These five 2010 whites from Calera are superb. The entry-level bottlings offer tremendous value, while the higher-end selections are every bit as compelling in their respective categories. These fabulous, unique wines are well worth seeking out." (WA)

"Light, bright gold. Lively, spice-accented aromas of pear, quince and white flowers, with subtle vanilla and white pepper notes in the background. Sappy and broad but light on its feet, projecting dense, incisive orchard fruit flavors and an exotic hint of papaya. The peppery quality comes back on the nervy, tightly focused, impressively persistent finish. I like the blend of richness and energy here." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Classic Mt Harlan Viognier white peach, mineral and lemon chiffon abound in this beautifully balanced, stoic and well integrated wine with a bouquet which, incidentally a surprising number of Sommeliers across the country have described as “fruit loops”. On the palate they find honeysuckle, lemon verbena, crème brulée and a wonderful mineral complexity. This wine has great acidity and rich finish. Quite unique.