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Calera de Villiers Vineyard Mount Harlan Pinot Noir 2016

Vintage
2016
Country
USA
Region
Central Coast
Size
0.75L
Type
Red Wine
Ratings
WA92
WS91
HK$558
SKU:
W-DH-047-QT-216
Description

Aged 17 months in 30% new French oak, the pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir deVilliers Vineyard opens with warm blueberries, dried cherries and cranberries aromas with notions of fresh strawberries, dried herbs, dusty earth, underbrush and charcuterie. The palate is light to medium-bodied with earth and Angostura bitters-laced fruits, a grainy frame and bright freshness on the finish. -WA

The Winery

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. Winemaker Josh Jensen trained in Burgundy, working a harvest at Domaine de la Roman?e-Conti and later interning at Domaine Dujac. It was there that he learned that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive on limestone soils, so upon returning to the US, he went in search for that terroir. In 1974, he purchased land that was once a limestone quarry on Mt Harlan, and planted 10 hectares (24 acres) of Pinot Noir in 1975.

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