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Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Central Coast, California
Style: Rich & Creamy
Item no. 107248
Our 2009 Mt Harlan Chardonnay entices with an alluring mineral, peach gelato bouquet and notes of gooseberry, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and golden apple. It is a statuesque wine; elegant, savory and velvety, with its gentle, creamy texture yet pronounced structure, hinting towards this vineyards proven, astounding aging potential, although admittedly it is wonderful to drink young as well.
The brilliant 2009 Chardonnay Mt. Harlan, the finest Chardonnay Calera has made in many years, was produced from 1.65 tons of fruit per acre, and spent 10 months in French oak barrels. A chalky component (from the limestone soils of this appellation) is intermixed with quince, white currant, nectarine, orange blossom, and lemon butter notes in an incredibly complex, crystalline style. Full-bodied with stunning concentration, length, and texture, this fabulous Chardonnay could easily pass for a grand cru white Burgundy in a blind tasting. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.
Green-tinged yellow. Ripe citrus fruits and pear on the nose, with subtle leesiness and a hint of white flowers. Fleshy but firm, offering lively Meyer lemon and orange flavors and complicating notes of anise and chalky minerals. A smoky note lingers on a long, sappy, penetrating finish.