In 1975 Calera’s first wine made its way to the public. Calera, which is Spanish for “lime kiln” – a reference to the limestone kiln still on the property today – is located in the Gavilan Mountains, east of Monterey Bay in San Benito County. This site was chosen to plant Chardonnay specifically because of its limestone soils, which is clearly evident in this wine. What’s so compelling is the zesty-ness and acidity that fills the palate, creating a lighter feel for a big Chardonnay. The buoyancy of the wine belies the 15 months of sur lie aging, the full malolactic and the 30 percent new French oak used. What is in the bottle is a lovely, delicate quiet Chardonnay, one that reveals itself as you spend time with it. There are notes of Asian pear, mild crème brulee, lemon curd and lime kefir with back notes of toasted almonds, red delicious apple, summer peach and wet earthen stone. If a nuanced, exceedingly food friendly white wine is what you may be looking for the Calera delivers.
Score: 92 Points
What’s Its SRP? $50/ 750ML
What Can I Pair it With? Steamed Dungeness crab; classic buttermilk fried chicken; Jackfruit tacos.