Calera Viognier Mount Harlan 2010

Member Review by Nathan P:

Note from tasting: big, syrupy, candied apricot, bitter finish ["Assorted Whites" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 21 Apr 2012. I picked up a bottle afterwards, later to be delighted with the glass stopper, apparently common among Viogniers!]

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Calera Wine Company:
This thirty-year old winery is located in the limestone-rich Gavilan mountains of San Benito County near Hollister, California. Ninety miles south of San Francisco, the vineyards are at 2,200 ft. elevation. The heat of the season is mitigated by cooling sea breezes from Monterey Bay. Several varietals are grown, with Pinot Noir having the lion's share at roughly 70 % of production, follo... Read more
This thirty-year old winery is located in the limestone-rich Gavilan mountains of San Benito County near Hollister, California. Ninety miles south of San Francisco, the vineyards are at 2,200 ft. elevation. The heat of the season is mitigated by cooling sea breezes from Monterey Bay. Several varietals are grown, with Pinot Noir having the lion's share at roughly 70 % of production, followed by Chardonnay and Viognier at approximately 21 % and 9 % respectively. An entirely gravity-fed production facility, the new building is a testament to artisanal winemaking, with average yearly production nearing 30,000 cases of all varietals. Read less
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Snooth User: Nathan P
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05/23/2012

Note from tasting: big, syrupy, candied apricot, bitter finish ["Assorted Whites" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 21 Apr 2012. I picked up a bottle afterwards, later to be delighted with the glass stopper, apparently common among Viogniers!]


External Reviews for Calera Viognier Mount Harlan

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Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - white - 2010 - Calera Viognier - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Central-Coast - Viognier - 750 ml.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.



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