Calera Mt Harlan Pinot Noir, Jensen Vineyard 2017 (Organic)
Calera Wine Company is an esteemed producer based in Mt Harlan in California’s San Benito County. Calera, which is named for an on-site lime kiln, is notable for its limestone-rich soils, a rarity in California. Pinot Noir is the key grape variety here, making several single-vineyard wines.
Calera’s Mt. Harlan Vineyards are located in the Gavilan Mountains 25 miles east of Monterey Bay. The site was chosen for its limestone soils and an ideal climate. At an average elevation of 2,200 feet, it is among the highest and coolest vineyard sites in California.
At more than 40 years old, the coveted old vines of Jensen Vineyard have produced a wine that impeccably balances elegance and complexity with depth and gravitas. Enticing aromas of blackberry, orange peel, and spearmint hover above the glass. On the palate, layers of cherry and sassafras mingle with the dark berry flavors, while silky tannins and excellent natural acidity carry the wine to a lush, vibrant conclusion.