Wine of The Week: 2016 Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay- 92 Points

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.

1806 cases.

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Michael Cervin
Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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