2011 Calera Chardonnay Estate

Year: 2011
Appellation: Mount Harlan
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 93+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"The 2011 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan bursts from the glass with expressive apricots, peaches, crushed rocks, French oak and spices. Rich yet weightless, the 2011 is striking from the very first taste. Once again, Calera’s Mt. Harlan Chardonnay is world-class. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

Calera is clearly not in Napa Valley, but these current and upcoming releases are deserving of serious attention, hence their inclusion here." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Honeycomb and citrus zest, sandalwood, wild rose and jasmine; such a beautiful bouquet emanate from this 2011 Mt Harlan Chardonnay. Flavors of soft French oak, limestone minerality and sweet cigar accent Pippin apple, pear and crème brulée. Smooth and silky on the palate and lush like vanilla caramel. This wine is tight in its youth, hinting to a long life ahead.